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September 24, 2010
The Colorado State University Activities Board selected LAR for a recognition breakfast in September. Every day, including weekends and holidays, the animal care staff evaluates the welfare of animals used in research or teaching by over 75 faculty investigators.
The use of animals in the research and teaching programs is a critical component of Colorado State University’s vast research endeavors, and its contributions to advancing human and animal health. Those animals are cared for by a small army of dedicated personnel that assure they are provided the highest standard of care every day. Most research animals on campus, from rodents to cattle, are cared for by Laboratory Animal Resources.
Laboratory Animal Resources, or LAR, is a division of the Vice President of Research and is responsible for animal welfare oversight on three CSU campuses. Every day, including weekends and holidays, the animal care staff evaluates the welfare of animals used in research or teaching by over 75 faculty investigators. In addition to the welfare assessments, the animal care staff provide husbandry for the animals in accordance with federal laws and internationally recognized guidelines. To exceed those standards of care, in addition to animal care, the staff routinely monitors the daily environment, disinfects animal rooms, and provides environmental enrichment for the animals. LAR also employs support staff. Material handlers assure equipment and supplies are provided around campus to meet the animal housing needs, and administrative staff assures animal orders meet investigator’s needs, inventory supplies are met, and billing is accurate and prompt.
The veterinary staff assure 24/7 health care for the animals. There are two board certified laboratory animal veterinarians, one clinical veterinarian, three resident veterinarians, and one veterinary technologist. In additional to providing veterinary care to the research animals, the veterinary staff is integral in training investigative personnel in everything from rodent handling to surgery, and provides experienced personnel to assist with procedures.
LAR performs work that is not always glamorous, but it is essential, specialized, and exacting to ensure appropriate conditions for animal health and experimental outcomes. Ultimately, good animal research depends on good animal care, and Laboratory Animal Resources is dedicated to providing the highest standards of animal care possible.
The Colorado State University Activities Board selected LAR for a recognition breakfast in September. The CSU Activities Board selects a group, office, department or other entity each month to recognize at a breakfast or luncheon. To nominate an entity for recognition, please visit the Activities Board website at, www.csuab.colostate.edu.
Contact: Kelly Kimple
Phone: (970) 491-5506