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This is a link to the Posters section. Animals in the Research Process. This deep ocean blue poster displays an array of islands shown as a stylized treasure map with a cartoon-like female veterinarian canoeing between them as directed by a dotted line. This poster consists of six multi colored islands with each labeled and referring to one of the steps in the research process that involves animals. Each title has one to three bulleted support phrases.  Starting in the upper left hand side of the poster is the first island which is yellow and has a Begin Here arrow next to it and labeled Education and Training with a dock where cargo crates are named Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease. The next island is green with mountain peaks and is labeled Animal Study Protocol Development.  There is a solid stone bridge connecting the second and third islands labeled Scientific Merit Review. The third island is labeled Animal Care and Use Committee.  This tan island has palm trees and a lagoon with arrows to indicate the circulation between the duties of the committee that may need additional reviews to achieve a usable proposal. In the center is the largest island which is orange and labeled Experimental Process.There is a frog, mouse, rabbit, pig and sheep gathered next to a pond containing zebra fish. There is also a monkey swinging on vines above them all. On the dotted line going to the next island is the veterinarian canoeing toward a red colored island labeled Publish Results.  On it is a map of the Process on a parchment scroll. The last island located in the bottom right side of the poster is purple and labeled Turning Discovery into Health. There is a large “X” with the words End Here. On the island is a doctor shaking a bed ridden patient’s hand. If available, gently used copies can be requested from the NIH Office of Animal Care and Use at .  The subtitle is, NIH Animal Care and Use Committee, 301-496-5424.  The OACU and the NIH logos are also shown.  In the far bottom right hand corner is a Quick Recovery Code that when scanned by a mobile device will access the OACU webpage.

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Welcome to the Intramural Animal Care and Use (ACU) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This page is intended to serve as an information resource for NIH scientists, Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) members, veterinarians, animal science specialists, and other NIH staff involved in the conduct of biomedical research here at NIH.

Dr. Michael M. Gottesman, Deputy Director for Intramural Research serves as the Institutional Official for the NIH Intramural Research Program. Twenty-five of 30 NIH components use animals in their intramural research programs. Each of those 25 components has an ACUC, and their program is directed by a senior veterinarian, the Animal Program Director (APD). In the conduct of their research, the scientific staff, ACUCs and APDs are responsible to the Institutional Official. The Animal Research Advisory Committee (ARAC) meets monthly to discuss trans-NIH topics and to provide advice to the Institutional Official. The Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU) provides oversight and programmatic assistance on behalf of the Institutional Official.

All components of the intramural NIH ACU program are accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International.

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This site was last updated on February 20, 2014.