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Animal Care and Use

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Animal models of disease are critical to the future of biomedical research.

Laboratory animals have been essential to almost every major advance in human and animal medicine. Biomedical research at Johns Hopkins has resulted (and continues to result) in improvements in the health and lives of countless individuals here in the U. S. and throughout the world.  And, in many cases, it has also helped improve the health of animals. The Johns Hopkins University is committed to the highest standards of excellent and humane care in the use of these animals in its research, and we believe that this commitment is critical to the success of our research.

The Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee oversees animal housing and care, veterinary medical care, facilities management, training, occupational health, and assurance of compliance with federal and state laws and policies that govern use of animals in research and teaching.

Research Animal Resources directs a program of clinical care of animals at Johns Hopkins by veterinarians who are graduates of accredited colleges of veterinary medicine with at least three years of postdoctoral training and/or experience in laboratory animal medicine.

The Center for Image-Guided Animal Therapy provides veterinary patients with cutting-edge diagnostic imaging services, imaging-guided biopsies as well as interventional radiology procedures.

Johns Hopkins complies with U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations, with the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and with other applicable government and institutional guidelines and policies.

Adopting Animal Companions
Our care for animals does not end when the research is complete. Learn more about how we're re-homing companion animals.

Learn more about how animals have helped further medicine.

[Patient Name] Story
marmoset monkey
Humans Probably Not Alone in How We Perceive Melodic Pitch
Marmosets shed light on our evolutionary history, become model for studying musical ability and tone deafness.
[Patient Name] Story
Tony Kalloo
Just Say 'Ah'
When Tony Kalloo talked about performing GI surgery without a single external cut, colleagues chuckled. A lot has changed.
[Patient Name] Story
Bob Adams
Managing the Menagerie
By putting animals’ welfare first, top vet Bob Adams has become a powerful ally to the scientific enterprise—and the “go-to” guy for researchers across the medical campus.

Life after Research: From Hopkins to Forever Homes

We firmly believe that our ethical responsibility to our animals does not end once a research project is complete. We take every step possible to identify homes that are compatible for the unique needs of our animals. Thanks to our well-established processes, we have been able to find homes for all of our cats and dogs.

A Home for Louie

Louie the hound is adopted after he completes his work as an asthma study subject. Robert J. Adams, DVM, Associate Provost for Animal Research and Resources at the Johns Hopkins University talks about the research dog he adopted in 2015, the need for animals in biomedical research and how human biomedical research can also benefit animals.

Blue Baby Syndrome | Mary and Anna's Story

Mary Joyner, a Baltimore resident and former nurse practitioner at Johns Hopkins, shares her story about how animal research saved her life from Blue Baby Syndrome as a child when she had to undergo open heart surgery. Dr. Joseph Mankowski takes us back in time to talk about Anna, the dog Dr. Alfred Blalock and Vivian Thomas operated on in order to perfect the Blue Baby operation. He also discusses the use of animals in research today.