Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM)

provides a variety of laboratory animal services.


Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine


North Campus Research Complex
2800 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI

Medical School

Who We Serve

University of Michigan Researchers

Core Summary

The Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM), part of the U-M Medical School Office of Research, provides a variety of services and educational offerings to support the U-M research community and the animals under their care, including laboratory animal procurement and care, veterinary care, personnel training, specialized research support services and activities, and academic teaching and research programs.

Featured Services & Areas of Expertise:

    • The ULAM Training Core provides training in the proper care and use of research animals, including the development of novel training strategies and techniques for all animal users through both online and interactive classes. Continued training support is also offered to personnel upon request. Training can be tailored to individual or laboratory-specific learning objectives and scheduled at the requestor’s convenience. Individuals are welcome to return as often as needed, at no additional charge.
    • The Refinement & Enrichment Advancements Laboratory (REAL) is dedicated to providing expertise and collaboration to colleagues interested in refining their animal model(s) and/or animal care by understanding the intersection of the animal’s lived experience and the scientific results.
    • The Compassion Awareness Project (CAP) is a ULAM-led initiative to address the issue of compassion fatigue, including the subsequent mental and physical health issues and job-related concerns it can cause. CAP uses a multifaceted approach to engage and educate all departmental staff, with the goal of reducing compassion fatigue and improving compassion satisfaction.

Service Categories: Animal Research; Education and Training ; Molecular Biology


  • Anesthetic machine certification and rental

  • Animal diagnostic laboratory (ADL) testing

  • Animal husbandry

  • Animal services

  • Animal surgery operating rooms

  • Assistance with animal use protocols

  • Assistance with training laboratories

  • Breeding colony

  • Germ-free mouse facility

  • Project Consultation

  • Training

  • Veterinary care


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