Department of Comparative Medicine

Department of Comparative Medicine

Saint Louis University and the Department of Comparative Medicine are committed to supporting the continued advancements in biomedical research. Comparative Medicine (CM) is dedicated to ensuring humane care and use for all animals used in research endeavors. CM provides professional veterinary and technical support services to investigators using animals in experimental procedures.

Responsibilities and Services

  • Provide AAALAC accredited facilities for housing laboratory animals
  • Consultation and collaboration with research personnel to assist in project planning and model development
  • Training programs
  • Animal procurement
  • Provide daily animal husbandry
  • Colony health surveillance
  • Institutional compliance with animal welfare regulations, standards and policies
  • Veterinary and technical support
  • Environmental enrichment

If You Have Concerns

The use of laboratory animals in research is vital for the advancement of biomedical research. The privilege to use laboratory animals as experimental models carries with it the responsibility to closely adhere to the policies and procedures established by the University and regulatory agencies. The University has developed excellent facilities and programs for the care and use of laboratory animals. Furthermore, the University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees the operation of these resources.

In keeping with our responsibilities under federal animal welfare regulations and University policies regarding research fraud and other misconduct, all of us share the obligation to make responsible University officials and other individuals aware of potential violations of established procedures regarding the care and use of laboratory animals.

Should such a situation come to your attention, please speak with:

  • The Principal Investigator or your Department Chair.
  • Dr. John Long, Chairman, Comparative Medicine, 977-8345
  • Dr. John Chrivia, Chairman, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, 977-6486
  • If anonymity is desired, your concerns may be reported to
    the Anonymous Compliance Hotline: 877-525-5669.