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Department of Animal Research Services

The UC Merced Department of Animal Research Services (DARS) is composed of a team of professionals committed to the advancement of science in collaboration with the research community by promoting the humane care and use of animals in biomedical research and teaching


DARS is responsible for managing the facilities in which animals are maintained for teaching and research programs at the university. DARS provides a full-spectrum of animal care and services including:

  • acquisition of equipment and supplies
  • acquisition and disposition of animals
  • consulting
  • veterinary services


The facility and animal care programs are managed to provide quality, humane animal care in compliance with federal, state, and university laws, regulations, and policies.


Please contact DARS with any inquiries at: 209-228-4189 or


Federal regulations and accreditation standards require that all proposed uses of animals undergo review by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). For more information and forms please visit the IACUC website at: