About Us


The University of Nebraska Medical Center's animal care program is administered by Comparative Medicine (CM) through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. All facilities for housing animals are registered research facilities under the Animal Welfare Act and they are inspected regularly by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). UNMC's program also complies with (1) the U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training, (2) the U.S. Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, (3) the USDA implementing Regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, and (4) The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The CM staff and facilities are institutional members of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, (AALAS) and the Animal Care and Use Program has been fully accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) since 1966. The Director of CM is responsible for maintaining standards for animals, facilities, equipment, and procedures which are defined by the governing regulations and accreditation organizations.

The mission of the University of Nebraska Medical Center is to improve the health of Nebraska through premier educational programs, innovative research, the highest quality patient care, and outreach to under-served populations. Comparative Medicine serves all activities which utilize animals in fulfilling this mission.