Members of the ARC and the ARC Chairperson are appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research, whom the ARC advises on matters of policy on the use of laboratory animals for research and teaching. The ARC, through the experience and expertise of its members, oversees UCLA's animal program, facilities, and procedures. The ARC's mandated responsibilities include review of all research applications proposing the use of vertebrate animals and modifications to ongoing research activities, a semiannual inspection of animal facilities and evaluation of the animal care and use program, and training of individuals involved in animal research. UCLA is mandated to provide an occupational health program for individuals involved in animal research or research with animal tissues.
At minimum, the ARC is comprised of:
- Three to five members of the Academic Senate with experience in the care and use of laboratory animals.
- The Campus Veterinarian and/or his/her designee.
- At least one member who is not affiliated with, and who is not a member of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with, UCLA.
- At least one member whose primary area of expertise is in a non-scientific field.
- Additional members may be appointed as deemed necessary.
The ARC administrative staff in the Office of Research, Policy & Compliance are responsible for the overall management and record-keeping of the animal care and use program, on behalf of the ARC.