Office of Laboratory Animal Resources


The Office of Lab Animal Resources (OLAR) provides veterinary and husbandry care to animals used in biomedical research and teaching across the WVU campus. The biomedical program at WVU is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC), and the Attending Veterinarian is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. The health sciences campus maintains two centrally managed vivarium
spaces at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center (~21,000 ft 2 ) and Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (~6,000 ft 2 ). The vivarium is able to accommodate rodent and rabbit species. The facility offers a rodent barrier facility, high containment facility (BSL-3/ABSL-3), fully equipped surgical spaces, and ABSL-2 animal housing. The animal housing is located near core facilities for imaging and behavior.
OLAR provides additional research support services including procedure training, import/export coordination, and anesthesia/surgical assistance.


  • Anesthesia Equipment Setup/Certification
  • Euthanasia Services
  • Autoclave Validation
  • Veterinary Supply Request
  •  Surgical Space/Anesthesia Equipment Rental



Tara Cotroneo, DVM, DACLAM | | (304) 293-1815

Associate Director

Rebecca Welch DVM, DACLAM | | (304) 293 1813


Please remember to acknowledge support for OLAR in all your publications:

Animal Care was provided by the West Virginia University Office of Lab Animal Resources which has been supported by the WVU HSC and NIH grant C06RR030016.

Location and Hours of Operation

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM One Medical Center Drive, Health Sciences Center, Morgantown, WV 26506

To reserve surgery or procedure areas, or to request veterinary services please visit the Cores Registration Site


Research Forrest