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This is a link to the Posters section. This is poster 94. This is poster number forty and the title is Oversight of Animal Research. This pale blue poster displays a half of a rainbow ascending from left to right displaying the titles of groups who are involved with the oversight of research animals and under the rainbow is a grouping of animals. The animals are located in the bottom right corner of the poster and are arranged from left to right starting with a green frog, brown monkey, white mouse, a water filled bowl containing gray and black zebrafish, tan dog and a gray rabbit. On the rainbow bands progressing from closest to the animals outward are the following groups and organizations.  The first purple band has Research and Animal Staff followed by an orange band with Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, a yellow band with National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, a green band labeled the Association of Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Cane International then a blue band labeled U.S. Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service with the last purple outer band is labeled General Public. If available gently used copies can be requested from the NIH Office of Animal Care and Use at The subtitle at the bottom of the poster is, A Program Sponsored by The NIH Animal Research Advisory Committee, 301-496-5424. The DHHS, NIH and OACU logos are also shown on the poster.

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Welcome to the Intramural Animal Care and Use (ACU) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This page is intended to serve as an information resource for NIH scientists, Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) members, veterinarians, animal science specialists, and other NIH staff involved in the conduct of biomedical research here at NIH.

Dr. Michael M. Gottesman, Deputy Director for Intramural Research serves as the Institutional Official for the NIH Intramural Research Program. Twenty-four of the 30 NIH components use animals in their intramural research programs. Each of those 24 components has an ACUC, and their program is directed by a senior veterinarian, the Animal Program Director (APD). In the conduct of their research, the scientific staff, ACUCs and APDs are responsible to the Institutional Official. The Animal Research Advisory Committee (ARAC) meets monthly to discuss trans-NIH topics and to provide advice to the Institutional Official. The Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU) provides oversight and programmatic assistance on behalf of the Institutional Official.

All components of the intramural NIH ACU program are accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International.

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This site was last updated on November 27, 2012.