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The DVR Mission

The mission of the Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR) is to contribute to the advancement of NIH biomedical research mission by providing excellence in animal care and specialized research services to support the NIH intramural research mission. DVR is a centrally managed AAALAC accredited program that is responsive, efficient, and accountable to the NIH researchers' needs.

Biomedical Research Support

As the central NIH laboratory animal support program, DVR serves NIH intramural investigators by providing a full range of essential and specialized veterinary services. In addition, DVR professional staff is available for consultation on all aspects of laboratory animal medicine and to participate in collaborative research

  • Clinical care 
  • Diagnostics
  • Environmental enrichment
  • Facility management 
  • Genetic monitoring
  • Health surveillance
  • Husbandry
  • Intensive care
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Phenotyping mouse models
  • Procurement
  • Quarantine/Conditioning
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Transportation


DVR manages a major part of all animal facility space at the NIH. With capabilities in conventional, SPF, or hazard containment environments, DVR can accommodate virtually any animal species required in biomedical research. All programs and facilities are AAALAC accredited.


A full complement of professional, technical, and support staff are dedicated to the delivery of quality veterinary and research support services. Our professional staff is comprised of veterinarians, many of whom are Diplomates of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine or the American College of Veterinary pathologists. Others have advanced degrees in disciplines such as behavior, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and animal nutrition. Our technical support staff is comprised of biology laboratory technicians, enrichment technicians, veterinary technicians, animal care personnel, cagewash personnel, and motor vehicle operators. The varied backgrounds of the DVR staff provide a wide range of expertise to NIH researchers.

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