Welcome to the Animal Resource Program


Housing and Animal Husbandry Surgery, Anesthesia & Analgesia
Veterinary and Diagnostic Support Animal Purchasing & Transportation
Training Health Surveillance
Experimental Guidelines ABSL-3 Facility
Colony Management Biohazardous Agents







The Animal Resource Program (ARP) provides the Penn State University Park campus with high quality animal care services and facilities to improve animal research and ensure the health, well-being and humane treatment of animals used in research and teaching at the University.

Online Mouse and Rat Biomethodology and Surgery Training classes are now available.

All students, faculty, staff and visitors are expected to follow PA Department of State guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while working in the animal facilities. This includes maintaining appropriate social distancing and wearing masks. Visit the PSU Coronavirus information site for updates.

In addition to housing facilities and animal husbandry services for animals used in biomedical research on the University Park campus, ARP provides veterinary clinical and diagnostic services, education and training of research personnel and collaborative expertise in laboratory animal, agricultural and wildlife technology and medicine. ARP veterinarians and technicians are available to support research investigators in many areas including anesthesia, surgery, and pathology. The ARP also provides veterinary oversight of agricultural animal facilities and wildlife used in research and teaching at Penn State.

The PSU ARP does not provide support or other services for the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine.

All laboratory animal facilities on the University Park campus are managed by the ARP. In addition, ARP personnel coordinate animal purchasing and shipping, provide routine and emergency veterinary care, veterinary review of experimental protocols and health surveillance and disease prevention services. Penn State animal facilities associated with the University Park campus are accredited with AAALAC International. Information for new investigators on acquiring and using animals at PSU may be found on the Animal Care Services page.

This website does not contain information pertaining to the husbandry and management of livestock or wildlife species housed in facilities maintained by the College of Agriculture. Please refer to the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals Used in Agricultural Research and Teaching (2010) or resources related to the Penn State College of Agriculture for information on animal species used in agricultural research.