About Us

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.


We will fulfill our mission in a time and cost effective manner by developing and implementing high quality veterinary care.

Program Description

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.
The University of California, San Francisco has on file with the Office of Protection from Research Risks, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), an approved Assurance of Compliance with PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals by Awardee Institutions (#3400-01). That document expresses UCSF’s commitment to comply with PHS policy and all applicable laws and regulations regarding the care and use of laboratory animals in research and instruction. UCSF is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), and our Laboratory Animal Resource Center is maintained and operated in compliance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (National Academy Press, Washington, D.C., 2011). Any research or instructional use of laboratory animals conducted under the jurisdiction of this campus must be reviewed and approved by our Committee on Animal Research (IACUC), the membership and procedures of which fully comply with PHS policy.