Investigator Handbook

On behalf of the Office of the Vice President for Research at Colorado State University, welcome to Laboratory Animal Resources.

Our mission is “To use our expertise to provide the highest standard of care for laboratory animals in support of the Colorado State University research community” and everyone in our organization is involved in fulfilling the research mission of the University.  The employees of Laboratory Animal Resources, known as LAR, are dedicated to providing quality animal care and contributing to the success of your research.  While LAR is most notably known for providing animal care, LAR is also available for other services for investigators including animal acquisition, colony management and research support.

We operate based on our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which have been developed over the years and are constantly under review as improvements become available.  It is extremely important that you familiarize yourself with our SOPs as they are designed to protect your research, as well as others on campus.  Should you require deviation from our SOPs, it is important to clearly communicate this with the staff so everyone understands the expectations.  Our success relies on open and clear communication.

If there is anything LAR can do for you, please feel free to contact one of us by electronic mail or at (970) 491-7364.
We look forward to working with you.