About the Office of Animal Research

The Office of Animal Research (OAR) is part of the Office of Research Integrity within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

OAR is assisted in its mission by an advisory committee with representation from researchers within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health.


OAR staff includes the director and attending veterinarian, facility manager, animal care supervisor, veterinary technicians, animal care technicians, and administrators that coordinate the activities of the animal care program. The office works closely with members of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and administrative staff.

Contact OAR by emailing oar@gwu.edu.

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Advisory Committee

The GW OAR Advisory Committee was formed in May 2018 and comprises GW faculty from across the university. The committee's mission is to support biomedical research at GW by facilitating communication between investigators and OAR leadership and to provide input regarding OAR procedures, infrastructure, equipment, and the scientific needs of the GW research community. Monthly meetings between the committee and OAR leadership promote this mission. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month.

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USDA logo | "USDA"

USDA Registration

GW’s animal care program is registered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

  • Registration # 10-R-0005
Gold circle containing text | "Accredited by: aaalac international, where science and responsible animal care connect.'

AAALAC Accreditation

The George Washington University's (GW) animal care program is fully accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) with continuous accreditation since April 1974.

  • Accreditation # 00347
  • Last site visit 11/14/2023
Caricatures of various animals | "Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare OLAW"

OLAW Assurance

GW has an Animal Welfare Assurance to receive Public Health Service (PHS) funds. View the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare website for more information.

  • Assurance #D16-00128
  • Expires 01/31/2026

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