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U-M Affiliated Instructors/Demonstrators

U-M Affiliated Instructors/Demonstrators are individuals whose primary animal activity is the leading of teaching activities or demonstration of animals or animal procedures.


Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine. ULAM provides veterinary care to all animals housed on U-M’s campus. ULAM also manages animal ordering and acquisition, animal transport, animal husbandry and housing, personnel training, animal enrichment, and specialized research support services.

ULAM Containment Coordinator

ULAM faculty member with oversight of issues related to animals administered substances known or suspected to be hazardous to humans.

Ultra-PAK (Bio-PAK Prefilter)

An air filtration/dessicator system attached to each rack, except in CC where there are 1-2 installed per pod. The Prefilter is a wire-rimmed filter that is removed, washed and replaced every two weeks. The Ultra-PAK system removes particulate matter from the air and maintains a constant specific level of humidity in the room.

Unhealthy Pup

A young animal that is hunched and scruffy, quiet, lethargic or otherwise appears sick.

Unknown Cause

Veterinary Technical Staff is unable to differentiate whether the condition is spontaneous or induced by research.


United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service oversees activities involving the use of vertebrate animals at government-registered research institutions. The USDA receives its authority through federal law (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 7 and 9). Veterinary Medical Officers enforcing the 7 and 9 CFRs inspect research organizations at least annually.

USDA-Covered Species

A term that refers to animals whose care is governed by the Animal Welfare Act. USDA-Covered Species include all live or dead warm-blooded animals used in research except birds, rats of the genus Rattus, and mice of the genus Mus bred for research. This also excludes "cold-blooded" animals such as fish, reptiles, and amphibians.

Use Number

The number assigned to each individual order (e.g., F12345) and noted on both the preprinted cage card and the delivery schedule below the PI's name and account number.


United States Pharmacopeia.