DACT Mission Statement:
To support ASU’s research and teaching missions through the provision of exemplary care to all animals housed on campus and by providing technical support to all investigators and instructors who use animals to advance education and knowledge.
Arizona State University Research Endeavors:
ASU conducts research of vital interest to society and the health and welfare of individuals. Some of that research is devoted to advancing healthcare and finding cures for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Ebola, and heart disease. Animal research has played a major role in virtually every major medical advance in the last century and remains integral to biomedical progress. A study by the Department of Health and Human Services concluded that animal research has helped increase the life expectancy of humans by 20.8 years. Animal research is also critical for advances in veterinary medicine and wildlife conservation, both of which depend on improvements in our understanding of animal behavior, ecology, physiology, pathology, nutrition, and stress responses.