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.
M. Gottesman, Deputy Director for Intramural Research serves
as the Institutional Official for the NIH Intramural Research
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.
of the intramural NIH ACU program are accredited by the Association
for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International.