The Animal Resource Unit(ARU) 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.
ARU’s responsibility is to house, maintain and monitor the care of agricultural and wildlife animals used in teaching and research programs at the College of Veterinary Medicine. ARU maintains 16 agricultural, wildlife, 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 and six to eight miles of fence line on the Pullman campus.
The college animal care program is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care-International (AAALAC-International) and has maintained accreditation since November 1990 and is site visited every three years by AAALAC-International. The animal facilities receive unannounced site visits from USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) personnel to insure the animal care is in compliance with Federal regulations. Also, the University Veterinarian and his/her staff monitors the animal care on a monthly basis.