Animal Resource Unit

The Animal Resource Unit is a service unit under the office of the Dean. It is advised by the College Animal Resources Committee. The committee consists of one faculty member from each of the college’s three departments. The Director of Administrative Services serves as an ex-officio member.

Fee Schedules Fiscal Year 2016 - 2017

Internal Resources (Request Form)


ARU’s responsibility is to house, maintain and monitor the care of animals used in teaching and research programs at the College of Veterinary Medicine. ARU maintains one 23,000 square foot laboratory animal vivarium in Bustad Hall, plus 34 large animal and support facilities at various locations on the east side of campus. ARU also provides management and maintenance for 250 acres of pasture land on the Pullman campus.

AAALAC Accreditation

The college animal care program is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) and has maintained accreditation since November 1990 and is site visited every three years by AAALAC. The animal facilities receive unannounced site visits from USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Regulatory Enforcement and Animal Care (REAC) personnel to insure the animal care is in compliance with Federal regulations. Also, the University Veterinarian and his staff monitors the animal care on a monthly basis.


Budget support for the animal care program is provided by per diem charges. These rates are reviewed annually, and adjusted as necessary. Per diem rates cover the cost of basic care only (standard diet feed, labor, and bedding). Management funding and maintenance funding for land, vehicles, equipment and maintenance personnel is provided by state funding. (See the Internal Site for price schedules).

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