The Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR)

Veterinary Resources

The animal research program at the University of Miami encompasses three UM campuses (Medical, Coral Gables, and Marine & Atmospheric Science). The Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR) is the unit responsible for oversight and implementation of the animal care and use program. The mission of the DVR is to advance knowledge and improve the health and well being of humans and animals through excellent service and support, research and teaching.

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All activities are in compliance with federal, state and institutional regulations. The University was granted full accreditation by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) in February 2005 and received its current re-accreditation November 8, 2016.. In addition, the University is licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and has filed a Letter of Assurance with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), which describes our animal care and use program.

To contact the DVR, email us or call (305) 243-2310.

Good Laboratory Practices for Animal Research

Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) apply to any animal study for which results will be used to support applications for research or marketing permits for products regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Such products include human and animal drugs or food additives, medical devices for human use, or biological products. GLP apply to studies aimed at establishing the safety of drugs or devices, not to basic exploratory, mechanism of action, or efficacy studies. GLP studies require strict adherence to compliance with standards. Detailed standard operating procedures and record keeping are required for all aspects of the study.

Since the Division of Veterinary Resources at the University of Miami does not incorporate GLP into its standard animal care, results obtained in animal studies at the University cannot be described as GLP compliant at this time and should not be so described in applications to the FDA.

The following links will help you understand when these requirements apply to your research:

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Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns

The humane care and use of animals is of paramount importance to the University of Miami. Concerns regarding the care and use of laboratory animals at the University of Miami can be anonymously reported to:

  • University of Miami Compliance Hotline: (866) YOUR-CALL
  • Office of the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC): (305) 243-2311
  • IACUC Chair: (305) 243-2032
  • Office of Research / Institutional Official: (305) 243-9635
  • Director of the DVR: (305) 243-2310

Individuals reporting concerns should try to be as specific as possible and include the date, time, species, specific animal identification numbers, and the names of any University personnel involved. Routine animal husbandry concerns should be discussed with the animal caretaker supervisor of the facility.

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