University Committee on Animal Resources

University Committee on Animal Resources (UCAR)

What's New

Social Housing and Environmental Enrichment.  What to Expect on November 1, 2014 -

Social housing and the provision of environmental enrichment practices are considered the default for housing laboratory animals in a research setting.  The Animal Resource Management developed a “sticker” system to easily identify research animals who may be individually housed due to:

1. Single pregnant female prior to birth of pups or male breeder animal  (green dot- BR)

2. Aggressive animal  removed from cage (red dot- AGR)

3. Last animal  left from a cohort or only animal of a gender weaned from a litter (blue dot-LAST)

These three stickers are available in the animal housing rooms. Please place the appropriate sticker on your animal’s cage.   The conditions described (above) DO NOT have to be described in the UCAR Protocol.

Exemptions to the Policy (all species) such as animals housed alone due to experimental reasons; animals that cannot receive standard enrichment or individual animals that cannot receive enhanced enrichment (more than nestlets including little houses) must be justified in the UCAR protocol.  Investigators and their staff should request the “SOLO and NO ENRICH” stickers from UCAR by submitting a Special Request form or  Once a request for these two stickers have been received, UCAR will verify that exemptions to social housing and enrichment are reviewed and approved by UCAR.

The Online Animal Ordering form has been updated as well so that you can provide information about exemptions to the Animal Resource Enrichment Plan.  As in the past, you also indicate if animals are housed one per cage.   All exemptions to enrichment and individually housing of animals will be verified and if not described you will be asked to modify your protocol. 

To assess where we are with individual housing and enrichment, starting November 1, 2014, the animal care technicians will submit an Animal Observation form indicating that animals are housed alone or do not have enrichment.  The DLAM Animal Behaviorist and/or UCAR will follow up with the investigator regarding the situation and if indicated UCAR will request a Modification to update the protocol for individual housing or no enrichment.  This information should be placed in the non standard housing section of the UCAR protocol.

As we adjust to the new system, please contact UCAR or a DLAM veterinarian with your questions.  We have received many great questions.  As always we appreciate your care and dedication to great science and the humane care and use of our research animals.


Upcoming:  IACUC 101/201 on October 1 & 2, 2014 -

Rules, Regulations and UCAR—what are they asking us to do NOW?

Have you always wanted to ask questions of our regulatory and accrediting agencies?  Well,  USDA, OLAW and AAALAC will be part of IACUC 101 & 201 Rochester on Oct 1 & 2.  UCAR is co-hosting IACUC 101/201 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown Rochester!  Excited?

IACUC 101: The Basics is a one-day didactic and interactive exploration of IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution's animal care program. The course provides a basic yet comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals.

IACUC 201: Beyond Basics is highly interactive advanced program that builds upon the fundamentals learned in IACUC 101, applying them to the process and mechanisms of ensuring compliance. The program includes six workshops delivered to three audience tracks based on IACUC role, responsibility, and interests.

Learn more at IACUC 101.

May 12, 2014 - The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC Int.) triennial visit is scheduled for June 17-19, 2014.

AAALAC International

Are you ready for the AAALAC Int. site visit? The visit is four weeks away. The U of R's Animal Care and Use Program has been accredited since 1966. Continued accreditation is important for all of us working with laboratory animals at the University of Rochester.

AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.

More information will be distributed to the research community in the UCAR Newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact UCAR at (585) 275-1693.

April 24, 2012 - Online Modification to Add Staff form

In order to go "green," UCAR has tested an online Modification to Add Staff Form with several research laboratories. The process has gone well.

We now would like to launch the online form. Go to the SharePoint link at UCAR Modification to Add Faculty, Staff and Students..

Fill out the form completely and click OK at the bottom of the page – if any necessary information is missing, you will not be able to submit. There is no need to print out or send anything else to the UCAR office. Once approved, you will receive an approval email just as you have in the past. Training must be completed in 30 days.

If you have difficulty logging in, send an email If you have any questions, please contact the UCAR Office at (585) 275-1693.

December 2, 2011 - News from NIH

Adoption and Implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition

The NIH has issued a Federal Register Notice announcing its adoption of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition (Guide) effective January 1, 2012. The notice:

  • Provides the adoption and implementation plan for the 8th Edition of the Guide;
  • Provides Position Statements to clarify how the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) expects Assured institutions to implement the Guide and announces a comment period for the public to comment on their understanding of the Position Statements; and
  • Announces that public comments on the 8th Edition of the Guide collected in Spring 2011 and OLAW’s analysis of those comments are available on the OLAW website.

OLAW has developed the Adoption of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition webpage that provides the Position Statements (with links to comment), resources for implementing the Guide, and listing of public comments on adoption of the Guide all in one location.

For questions, suggestions or comments, email to