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Caring for the animals that cure the world

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The brain's ability to compensate for aging by utilizing different neural circuits

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Dr. Brittany Southern caring for rodent at ACS facility

Novel method to restore breathing after opioid overdose, spinal cord injury

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How anti-cancer drugs impact aquatic ecosystems

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New study shows common diabetes drug improves symptoms in genetic form of ALS in mice

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New insights into factors that could help predict the efficacy of gene therapies

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Animal Research Project Lifecycle

1. Acquire Funding

Connect to UF Research for guidance on the funding aspect of the Research Lifecycle. ACS Business Staff and Veterinarians are available to assist with budget planning for animal research funding. Contact the ACS Customer Service/Front Office for assistance.

2. Get Connected

Request access to myIACUC and myACS to create access accounts for you and your staff. Enroll in the Animal Contact Program and complete the Animal Contact Risk Assessment Form. Connect with EH&S for Animal Research Health & Safety tips and requirements.

3. IACUC Protocol

Protocol submission, review & approval are done through myIACUC. Working on IACUC required training in conjunction with protocol writing can accelerate approval. Contact the ACS Front Office to be connected with an ACS veterinarian for animal related protocol assistance.

4. Facility Access

Visit the ACS Facility Access page for a complete step-by-step list of requirements for gaining access to ACS facilities.

5. Prepare & Plan

Explore the Services, Animal Training Information and Investigator Resources available to assist in preparing, improving and achieving your research goals.

6. Order Animals

All animal orders must be submitted through myACS Animal Order. This includes both external vendors and ACS Rodent Models Breeding Core orders.

7. Begin Research

You are ready to get started! ACS & IACUC have many skilled and dedicated staff members available for guidance and research support.

Our Mission at ACS

It is the mission of Animal Care Services to provide excellent service to the University of Florida researchers by:

  • Providing a humane and high quality animal care and use program through proper veterinary and husbandry care, emphasizing respect and being an advocate for the research animal.
  • Providing high quality service to the research staff members with expertise, guidance, and support in all areas of their animal research efforts.