Mission Statement:

  LARC's Mission is to:

  • Provide quality care for all animals used at the University of California, San Francisco.
  • Assist the faculty in their mission of quality research with respect to the use of laboratory animals.
  • Act as a resource center for the faculty on all issues relating to laboratory animals.
  • Assist the University to meet its goal of humane treatment of laboratory animals.

The Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC) of the University of California, San Francisco is administratively part of the Office of Research Services in the Research unit of the University


UCSF AAALAC Accreditation Site Visit


Every year, UCSF strives to live up to the highest standards for the humane care and use of animals in research. In pursuit of this, UCSF encourages site visits from the private, nonprofit organization known as the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC).  AAALAC accreditation is voluntary and involves a comprehensive review by AAALAC evaluators, who are animal care and use professionals and researchers from around the globe.

This extensive assessment evaluates the quality of all aspects of the UCSF animal care and use program, with a focus on the basic components of institutional policy, animal husbandry, veterinary care and the facilities where animals are housed and used. The on-site evaluation by an AAALAC team includes observations of virtually all animal housing and procedure areas as well as an extensive review of UCSF program reports and procedures.

Voluntary participation in AAALAC’s program demonstrates UCSF’s commitment to achieving excellence in animal care and use, validating the results of research, and complying with the local, state and federal laws that regulate animal research.

AAALAC’s next site visit to UCSF will occur in the Fall of 2018. We look forward to their visit and hope to continue to meet and exceed AAALAC’s standards for excellence in research, animal welfare, and animal care and use.

 In preparation for this site visit, IACUC, LARC and EHS are convening Town Hall Meetings to update you on the issues AAALC will cover. For information on Town Hall dates and locations please see the AAALAC tab on the IACUC website.

For further information about AAALAC International, please visit the AAALAC Website.



LARC Per Diem Rate Changes:

LARC has a goal to provide excellent laboratory animal care while keeping our per diem prices as low as possible for the research laboratories of whom we provide care for.


LARC Recharge Rates FY 18‐19

Per Diem Rates Unit New; Effective 11/1/18

Dog / Swine

per animal


Cat / Ferret

per animal



per animal



per animal


Primates ‐ Quarantine Rate

per animal


Rodents ‐ Conventional / Isolation

/ Immunodeficient / Lab Housed / IRQ

per cage


USDA-covered rodents per cage $1.33

Rodents ‐ Barrier

per cage


Rabbits / Guinea pigs

per animal



per tank



per cage



Other Rates


Surgery ‐ assisted hour

per hour


Surgery ‐ unassisted hour

per hour



per hour


Animal Health Tech

per hour


Animal Tech

per hour



per hour


Commercial Animal ‐ surcharge

all animals





Recent Departmental Publications:


Larry Carbone. 2011. "Pain in Laboratory Animals: The Ethical and Regulatory Imperatives" . PLoS One. September 2011; 6: 9: e21578

Elizabeth T Carbone et al. 2012. "Duration of Action of Sustained-Release Buprenorphine in 2 Strains of Mice J. Am. Assoc. for Lab. Animal Science. November 2012; 51 (6): 815-819

Krista E Lindstrom et al. 2011. "Soiled Bedding Sentinels for the Detection of Fur Mites in Mice" . J. Am. Assoc. for Lab. Animal Science. Jan 2011; 50 (1): 54-60

John Parker et al. 2011. "Effects of Multimodal Analgesia on the Success of Mouse EmbryoTransfer surgery". J. Am. Assoc. for Lab. Animal Science. July 2011; 50 (4): 466-470.

Larry Carbone. 2011. "Pain in Laboratory Animals: The Ethical and Regulatory Imperatives" . PLoS One. September 2011; 6: 9: e21578.

Krista E Lindstrom et al. 2018. "Contaminated Shipping Materials Identified as the Source of Rotaviral Infection of Exported Mice". J. Am. Assoc. for Lab. Animal Science. September 2018; 57 (5): 529-533.