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University Laboratory Animal Resources

Director: Valerie Bergdall


University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR) facilitates the humane care and use of animals in biomedical research and teaching at Ohio State and also provides veterinary services. ULAR staff members oversee compliance with federal regulations and guidelines related to animal use and promote the responsible use of animals for the benefit of society.




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  • Analgesia Administration ( Support service )

    Analgesics that fall into the controlled drug category require DEA license to administer. ULAR maintains the appropriate license to support the use of controlled drugs for pain relief. These drugs can be administered by ULAR technicians in support of research studies per the IACUC protocol.

  • Anesthesia Machine Verification ( Maintenance service )

    Verification of anesthesia machine vaporizer function can be done by ULAR staff to meet the IACUC requirements of regular maintenance of anesthetic machines. If problems with machine function are noted, ULAR staff are available to troubleshoot the equipment.

  • Anesthesia Monitoring ( Support service )

    Anesthesia monitoring of animal patients is required; ULAR technicians are available to provide this service as requested.

  • Animal Care and Use Training ( Training service )

    ULAR provides free training on all types of animal care and use activities with a variety of species. Training can be scheduled once the activity is approved in the relevant IACUC protocol.

  • Animal Use Consultation ( Support service )

    Board certified laboratory animal veterinarians are available for consultation regarding animal study design and procedures.

  • Experimental Surgery Core ( Training service )

    ULAR’s Experimental Surgery core is located in Wiseman Hall. A variety of animals, including pigs, dogs, rabbits, and sheep, are routinely used for surgical animal models of heart failure, wound healing, GI disease, etc. The core offers:

    1) a full-time staff of veterinary technicians
    2) state-of-the-art operating rooms
    3) associated support areas (pharmacy, prep area, and post-op recovery)
    4) extensive surgical support equipment (fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and laparoscopic setups)
    5) an extensive training program for health professionals from all over the world

  • Sterile Surgery Technical Support ( Support service )

    Survival surgery in animal requires adherence to sterile technique. ULAR can provide technical services to support the conduct of sterile surgery and/or provide sterile supplies and autoclaving service.

  • Technical Animal Procedure (IV Injections) ( Support service )

    Injections (i.e. IV, IP, etc) that are approved in the IACUC protocol can be conducted by ULAR staff on a fee for service basis.

  • Technical animal procedures (Blood Collection) ( Support service )

    Blood collection using procedures approved in the IACUC protocol can be done on a fee for service basis.

  • Technical animal procedures (Other) ( Support service )

    Other types of animal use procedures that are approved in the IACUC protocol can be conducted by ULAR staff on a fee for service basis.

  • Troubleshooting Animal Procedural Problems ( Training service )

    The ULAR veterinary staff is available to help problem solve when research animal activities/studies do not go as planned or have unusual outcomes.

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Last updated: 2020-10-14T08:52:06.942-04:00

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