A variety of research activities at The Ohio State University involve animals including Biomedical Research, Agricultural Research, and Clinical Trials. The goals of these activities include improving the health care for animal species used as pets, evaluating new drug therapies, and understanding the mechanisms of diseases that afflict humans and animals. Extensive effort is made to provide excellent care for animals used in research, to gain the maximum amount of information from every animal used, and to minimize procedures that have potential for discomfort, distress, or pain.
Biomedical Research can be conducted on traditional laboratory and agricultural animals and is done to aid and support the field of medicine for the improvement of human and animal health. This involves developing, evaluating, and studying the safety of treatments, therapies, drugs, and devices. Requirements concerning this type of research involve following the Animal Welfare Act and the Public Health Services Policy. The AWA is enforced by APHIS under the auspices of the USDA. The Ohio State University is registered under the USDA ( Reg. 31-R-0014) and inspected regularly. The Ohio State University is also accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation for Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) which is a requirement for many funding sources including NIH.
To perform biomedical research at OSU you must have an approved Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocol. There are training requirements that must be met prior to submitting an animal use protocol to IACUC. Access to forms, information on protocol submission and training requirements can be found under the IACUC tab on the Office of Research’ - Office of Responsible Research Practices web site. IACUC protocols require a signature from the University Laboratory Animal Resource (ULAR) veterinarian prior to submission. The ULAR veterinarians and staff are also available if you need assistance with filling out the protocol form. You can find all the information you need including contact information for the veterinarians and staff at ULAR.
Agricultural Research involves a variety of agricultural species and is performed for the improvement of animal nutrition, breeding, management or production efficiency, or improvement of the quality of food or fiber. The Agricultural Animal Care and Use Committee for the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (the AgACUC) oversees this research. More information can be found at the following web site.
Clinical Trials are conducted at the College of Veterinary Medicine on privately owned animals as part of the ongoing mission to provide new leading edge veterinary medical care for their patients. This involves developing, evaluating, and studying the safety of treatments, therapies, drugs, and devices. More information on setting up a clinical trial or enrolling an animal into a clinical trial can be found at the following web site.