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Oklahoma State University
Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

Healthy Animals - Healthy People

Animal Resources

Oklahoma State University adheres to the highest standards campus wide when it comes to animal care.

OSU has an animal care and use program that provides a humane and compliant environment for all animals involved in research, teaching and testing activities.  Any animal involvement must be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences likewise follows the strictest guidelines for animal resources.  The center is fully accredited through the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International accreditation program.  This means that OSU meets or exceeds AAALAC standards when using animals in research, teaching or testing.

Animal based research has played a critical role in virtually every major medical advance of the last century – for both human and animal health.  Since 1979, every Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded, with one exception, was dependent on data from animal models.

From antibiotics to blood transfusions, dialysis to organ-transplantation, vaccinations to chemotherapy, bypass surgery to joint replacement, practically every present day protocol for the prevention, treatment, cure, and control of disease, pain, and suffering has at its core knowledge attained through research that included work with animals.

“Virtually every medical achievement of the last century has depended directly or indirectly on research with animals”
—U.S. Public Health Service