OHSU understands and embraces the responsibility to provide compassionate and state-of-the-art health/veterinary care that comes with the privilege of working with animals.
Animal care and housing at OHSU are directed by licensed veterinarians who are Diplomates of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, a recognized specialty of distinction within the veterinary medical profession.
OHSU supports and adheres to the appropriate stringent Health Research Extension Act and Public Health Service Policy, and the Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations, with regular reviews and oversight provided by federal agencies: the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office for Laboratory Animal Welfare of the National Institutes of Health.
USDA inspectors visit OHSU at least once yearly to review the animals, facilities, food supply, medications and records. OHSU immediately reports any serious issues or incidents that may occur to OLAW and takes appropriate measures to ensure they don't recur.
OHSU also voluntarily participates in AAALAC International's accreditation program, which assures our programs are taking extra steps to achieve excellence in animal care and use.
Internally, OHSU's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee oversees all aspects of animal care.
View inspection reports for the Oregon National Primate Research Center located on OHSU's West Campus.