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This is poster #46. Look Who’s Responsible for Animal Welfare! This mustard brown colored poster displays a vertically oriented crossword puzzle that is tilted slightly to the left. This poster consists of nine words or phrases describing the types of people who care for biomedical research animals. At the bottom left hand corner is the list of clues to the puzzle. The only Across clue is the phrase 1. People that are responsible. Everyone is the answer for that clue and is the one word that is written in red boxes horizontally across the poster and it intersects all the Down answers. The Down clues and corresponding answers are: 2. Investigators – Researchers, 3. Observes Animals – Animal Behaviorists, 4. Reviews Protocols – Animal Care Committees, 5. Animal Doctors – Veterinarians, 6. Animal Caretakers – Husbandry Technicians, 7. Resource Managers – NIH Officials, 8. Represents the Public – Community Members, 9. Maintain Animal Facilities – Building Engineers. On the left of the list of clues is a stylized white cartoon mouse holding a green pen and has checked off all the clues. A second cartoon mouse with a blue pen is located on the bottom right side of the poster and is filling in the last letter of the final Down answer. 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. The Office of Animal Care Use Logo is displayed at the top all of the posters preceding the title. It consists of two circles with an outer circle and an inner circle and both have a flat base. Inside the circles are stylized animals including an enlarged mouse, rabbit and monkey with the NIH letters below the monkey’s chin. Underneath the logo is the acronym OACU.

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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 July 14, 2014.