The mission of the Institute of Comparative Medicine (ICM) is to ensure the humane care of animals used in approved research, and to support medical research teams develop treatments for life-threatening conditions. ICM has Veterinary Specialists, certified by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), who direct the care, and manage the health and welfare of research animals at Columbia University. They are assisted by experienced Clinical Veterinarians and by other veterinary and animal care professionals. ICM also ensures that the care and use of animals is in compliance with state and federal policies, and that the facilities remain accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International.
In addition, ICM contributes to the broader goal of increasing biomedical knowledge through a nationally renowned 3-year ACLAM accredited training program for veterinary specialists in Comparative Medicine; by the provision of training courses on the humane care of animals to researchers and technical staff; and through research, teaching, conference presentations and other academic contributions of ICM faculty.
ICM is committed to the exemplary care of animals involved in research to advance medical, biomedical and veterinary knowledge for the benefit of all living species, human and animal.