The Animal Resource Program
The care and housing of research animals requires dedicated employees trained to perform a variety of jobs.
The Animal Resource Program (ARP) employs veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal caretakers, facility managers and administrative staff to perform all of the functions necessary to provide high quality care for the research animals housed in PSU facilities. ARP manages all of the laboratory animal facilities on the University Park campus. Mice and rats are the most commonly used laboratory animals in these facilities although PSU has the ability to house many other species, including rabbits, farm animals and non-human primates.
Investigators who have obtained approval to use animals in research at PSU must first work with the ARP office staff and facilities managers to select and order the appropriate type of animal for their research. Housing and care of the animals is then planned and arranged before they arrive at PSU. Laboratory animals may only be housed in ARP facilities. Investigator laboratories used for animal work must also be approved to ensure appropriate conditions for the animals.