Welcome to the Office of Animal Resources (OAR) home page. OAR is a service center responsible for providing high quality animal care, veterinary care, and support for the research and teaching missions of the University of Colorado, Boulder. The highly dedicated and experienced OAR staff is committed to the health and well-being of laboratory animals, student and investigator training, and technical service.
The CU Boulder animal program is comprised of two main components: The Office of Animal Resources (OAR) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Trained and qualified members of the veterinary and animal care staff in OAR are charged with overseeing the daily animal health care and husbandry. The IACUC—which includes members of the public—oversees all proposals for activities involving the use of laboratory animals and evaluates the Institute’s animal program, procedures and facilities to ensure that they are consistent with all regulations and contemporary practice standards including: