The mission of Animal and Veterinary Services (AVS) Program is: 1) overseeing veterinary care programs at the University of Hawai‘i ((UH), 2) operating the vivaria used for biomedical and neurosciences research, teaching, or testing, and 3) educating individuals on humane care and use of vertebrate animals. AVS provides these services in accordance with all Federal, State, and local requirements for the humane care and use of animals.
AVS operates the vivaria, located in the Biomedical Sciences Building on the UH Mānoa campus and at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) campus in Kaka‘ako. They have been accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation for Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) since July 1, 2016. AVS provides daily care of animals in the vivaria used for biomedical and neurosciences research, teaching, and testing.
The Office of the University Veterinarian (UV) has system-wide responsibilities for overseeing the health and well-being and clinical care of vertebrate animals used by the UH. As such, the UV does at least semi-annual scheduled visits to facilities where vertebrate animals are housed or used for research, teaching, or testing. In some cases the UV may provide veterinary care for animals used on specific protocols. The UV also provides guidance on the development and review of IACUC protocols, and oversees veterinary programs at the UH. The UV educates individuals involved with care and use of vertebrate animals and documents that they are proficient in the basic principles of animal care and use to ensure quality research and animal well-being.