Laboratory Animal Resources Center (LARC)
The Laboratory Animal Resources Center (LARC) is committed to providing UTEP faculty, staff and students with veterinary and personnel training and expertise in laboratory animal technology and medicine. LARC exists to promote humane animal care and use in support of UTEP’s research goals through compliance with the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and our own IACUC and departmental policies. The LARC advises and educates researchers on animal experimentation issues and provides guidance and review in the protocol writing process, while promoting contemporary best practices for the responsible use of animals. Our goal is provision of quality animal care which is key to obtaining consistent and reliable data.
Our primary concern is the welfare of the animals used in UTEP facilities. We strive to be vigilant in ensuring that research animals experience proper care and handling with minimal discomfort or pain and live in an enriched environment. We concur and abide by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine’s Position Statement regarding animal experimentation.