Oregon State University

Welcome to the Laboratory Animal Resources Center (LARC)

The Laboratory Animal Resources Center (LARC) supports and manages the care and veterinary oversight of vertebrate animals used in instruction, research, and testing on the Oregon State University campus.

As the leading public research university in Oregon, the campus community is held to the highest standards for conducting responsible animal research. The LARC is managed and operated in compliance with the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Welfare Act Regulations. The university is fully accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC).  All LARC policies and procedures adhere firmly to the recommendations of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (NRC 2011) and the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching (FASS 2010).

The LARC staff is composed of animal care technicians, veterinarians, and veterinary technicians with specialty training and certifications specific to laboratory animal medicine and care. LARC employees are committed to providing an exemplary animal care and use program. This includes assuring humane care and use of animals through quality veterinary oversight, husbandry, social housing and environmental enrichment; facilitating campus research and instructional programs through collaboration, consultation, training, and provision of professional technical and clinical services; maintaining compliance with applicable federal and state regulations, and upholding the University’s academic mission, research agenda and commitment to public service.

Spring 2013 cover

Caring for Fish and Other Water Dewellers

Labs go to extraordinary lengths for fish and other water dwellers

Terra cover

Caring for Cows and An Ethical Tightrope

Making ethical choices about animals can be a philosophical high-wire act — a precarious balance of practicality and principle

Terra magazine cover The Ethic of Care


The Ethic of Care

Scientists adhere to rigorous practices for research animals








“The best animal welfare results in the best science.”
Russell and Burch -1959

Contact Info

Laboratory Animal Resources Center
Research Office
Corvallis OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2263
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