Office of Laboratory Animal Care (OLAC)
The primary objective of the SDSU Office of Laboratory Animal Care (OLAC) is to ensure that each animal at the University receives the highest quality of care tailored to its individual needs. The OLAC includes an attending veterinarian board certified in Laboratory Animal Medicine, a vivarium manager, and laboratory animal technicians and caretakers.
The OLAC staff observes animals daily to ensure their health and welfare. The veterinarian serves as a member and consultant to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee on matters relating to animal health and veterinary care. The campus veterinarian participates in reviewing animal studies, performing facility inspections, and assisting in training faculty and students who will be working with animals.
Animal Care Technicians provide daily care for laboratory animals and receive ongoing education offered through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. OLAC provides services and resources needed by investigators to accomplish their animal research objectives and assists in providing training in laboratory animal care and use to technical personnel, students, and faculty.