Office of the Campus Veterinarian
Supporting WSU research and education
The Office of the Campus Veterinarian supports humane and ethical care and treatment of animals involved in research and education at WSU. The campus veterinarian has the authority to oversee all aspects of animal health and welfare.
- All Campuses: 509-330-1871
- Report Animal Care Concerns
Serving the research and teaching community
To advance scientific discovery and education, the Office provides a complete range of services.
- Veterinary care and consultation
- Animal housing and husbandry
- Training & research support
Oversight and compliance
WSU’s animal care and use program is consistent with institutional, state, and federal laws, regulations, and guidelines.
- Accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC-International)
- Registered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
- Maintains assurance with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)
Office of the Campus Veterinarian and IACUC
The Office of the Campus Veterinarian works closely with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and its administrative arm, the Animal Welfare Program. The collaborating units ensure that animals at WSU receive the best possible care by performing distinct, complementary functions:
- The Office of the Campus Veterinarian focuses on animal health and welfare.
- The IACUC reviews, approves, and oversees animal care and use at WSU, including all research and teaching protocols involving live vertebrate animals and cephalopods.
Together these units ensure that University activities involving animals comply with federal and state regulations and University policies.
The attending veterinarian is board-certified in laboratory animal medicine. All veterinarians with the WSU Office of the Campus Veterinarian are licensed and accredited. They have considerable experience in animal health care and husbandry, as well as in use of animals in research and education.
The Office of the Campus Veterinarian oversees all research and teaching animals that are owned, housed, or used by the University statewide. See policy defining the authority of the attending veterinarian.