Animal Care in Research (LAF)

UB's Laboratory Animal Facilities (LAF) is a centralized service organization, which supports animal care, research and education across campus and at the university's affiliated institutions.

Getting Started

It's important to have your research protocols and approvals in place before beginning your research. If new to the process, you will need training for handling your animals as well as understanding what to do in case of an emergency for your animals or injury/mishap to you.

The LAF works closely with the IACUC and its staff to ensure responsible and ethical research with the least possible harm to the animals. 

Researcher Support

LAF staff can help with wide-ranging needs in biomedical research, including:

  • Development and writing of  research protocol;
  • Protocol discussions at Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) review sessions;
  • Setting up animal related procedures;
  • Research methodology; and
  • Completion of research in minimum time.


  • Veterinary / Husbandry Services
    We have clinical veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians and experienced animal caretakers.
  • Animal Care Fees
    In order to maintain staffing, supplies and equipment the LAF has a per diem fee structure for the care of animals. The rates run concurrent with UB's fiscal year, July 1—June 30.
  • Facilities Information
    The LAF operates seven accredited and licensed animal facilities on UB North, South and Downtown campuses, all capable of receiving PHS funding.
  • Administrative Services
    An integral part of an animal care program is attending to the needs of researchers from an administrative perspective. The LAF has a knowledgeable staff who can assist with a wide variety of needs.
  • Forms
    The LAF has a number of forms to cover common circumstances in a lab animal environment.  They include everything from animal care and movement to administrative services.
  • Contact
    The Laboratory Animal Facility (LAF) staff includes several professionals highly capable of providing professional animal care, training researchers and managing the facilities in support of your research goals.  
  • Reporting Injuries When Working with Animals
    Every person working with animals should be aware of the potential danger from animal bites and other mishaps. Report all incidences, no matter how minor. 
  • Departing Faculty Procedures
    Animal researchers need to close all aspects of their research when retiring from the university or departing for other institutions.