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The Office of Animal Research Oversight (OARO) will observe UCLA’s 2013-2014 Winter Holiday Closure. OARO will be closed beginning Saturday, December 21, 2013 and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2014. During this time, OARO will not process applications for review or approval and will be unavailable via phone and email. Similarly, the Chancellor’s Animal Research Committee (ARC) will not conduct business during the closure.

If your protocol is due to expire in December or early January, and you have not already submitted a continuation or renewal application to the ARC, please contact the OARO staff at 310-206-6308 or via email ( as soon as possible, as we may be able to avoid a lapse in approval. It is critical that you contact the OARO staff right away, so that all reasonable efforts to avoid a lapse may be made.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. On behalf of OARO, I wish you all the best this coming holiday season.