University Laboratory Animal Resources

University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR) provides veterinary care, animal husbandry and regulatory support for the academic schools that conduct biomedical research at the University of Pennsylvania.  ULAR provides services in animal husbandry, facility planning, diagnostic services, clinical care, training and business. ULAR is comprised of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal care technicians, facility managers, diagnostic technicians and trainers. The department includes over 200 personnel that contribute directly to the animal care program.

ULAR plays an essential role in:

  • improving and constructing animal housing facilities
  • providing key animal health information
  • ensuring that regulatory requirements for the care and use of animals in research, teaching and testing are being met and exceeded
  • supporting academic training for laboratory animal veterinarians

Departmental priorities include assistance with achievement and maintenance of accreditation of the animal care and use program by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International. ULAR, in conjunction with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, strives to maintain an elevated standard of animal welfare at Penn, as is expected of programs of high merit.