Welcome to the Animal Resource Program

The Animal Resource Program (ARP) provides Penn State 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.

The online Mouse Biomethodology class is now available. Online versions of other classes are under construction. Please check back frequently. Classes will go online as soon as they are ready.

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 the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC ). 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 (Federation of Animal Science Societies, 2010) or resources related to the Penn State College of Agriculture for information on animal species used in agricultural research.