Division of Laboratory Animal Resources

Mission Statement

The Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) at Stony Brook University is fully committed to the judicious, humane use of animals in research and teaching. The Division supports all SBU animal related research through the provision of laboratory animal management and veterinary medical care and assures institutional compliance with all federal, state and local regulations and policies. DLAR is responsible for animal procurement; animal husbandry; veterinary care including health surveillance, preventative medicine programs, animal quarantine, personnel training and special technical support; and maintenance of animal facilities and equipment.

DLAR, with 26 administrative, veterinary and technical personnel, provides quality animal care for over 15 species of laboratory animals located in five facilities on campus. The School of Medicine, and the Departments of Anatomical Sciences, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Neurobiology and Behavior, Marine Biology, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Physiology and Biophysics, Pharmacological Sciences, and Psychology, receive approximately $36 million of funding for essential animals research annually.


The Division of Laboratory Animal Resources is a specialized research facility in Life Sciences and Biomedicine in the School of Medicine. Administratively, the Division reports to the Dean of the School of Medicine. Dr. Tom Zimmerman is the Director.

Access to the DLAR Facilities requires:

Completion of the OLAW training class - this class is offered on-line.

Completion of the on-line training modules assigned to you at the OLAW class (above).

Obtaining Occupational Medicine Clearance to work with laboratory animals. This is done on-line and the process must be initiated by the faculty member you will be working with. For new faculty members, please contact Tom Zimmerman to create a your account.

Being successfully added to an existing IACUC protocol, or obtaining approval for a new IACUC protocol. Protocol forms and Personnel Addition forms may be obtained by clicking here.

Position Statements on the Use of Animals in Research

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)

  • Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
  • International Standards for Assessing Quality of Laboratory Rodents
  • Improving the Scientific Basis for Regulation of Animal Care and Use
  • Infrastructure Support for Animal-Based Research
  • Inclusion of Mice and Rats Under USDA Regulatory Oversight
  • Health Care for Genetically Altered Animals
  • Recognition and Alleviation of Pain and Distress in Laboratory Animals

 American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM)

  • Adequate Veterinary Care
  • Animal Use in Research, Testing and Teaching
  • Training and Education in the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (NIH)

  • PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
  • The Importance of Animals in Biomedical and Behavioral Research
  • Health Research Extension Act of 1985; “Animals in Research”(Public Law 99-158)

Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW)

  • Scientists Seek to Relieve Suffering through Research
  • Regulating Laboratory-bred Mice, Rats and Birds

SBU Policy on Vertebrate Animals (P204)

SBU Policy on Picture and Video taking in the Animal Facilities (P213)