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The Diagnostic & Research Services Branch of DVR provides, manages and evaluates a wide variety of scientific services to support the NIH intramural research program in the broad areas of veterinary pathology, and both clinical and molecular microbiology.
​​​DVR maintains holding facilities for rodents, rabbits, non-human primates, carnivores, and ungulates in both the Animal Center in Poolesville and on the Bethesda campus.
DVR veterinary and technical staff is available to perform or assist NIH investigators with their surgical and radiographic needs as well as to provide consultation in the design of research protocols.
DVR animal behaviorists provide expertise and consultation to NIH investigators and veterinarians. The DVR behavior management staff also designs programs to enrich environments and ensure the psychological well-being of research animals.

DVR Mission

​The mission of the Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR) is to contribute to the advancement of NIH biomedical research programs by providing excellence in animal care, customer service, and specialized research services to support intramural research efforts. DVR's diverse and dedicated staff emphasizes accountability to the NIH researcher's needs in areas including humane animal and veterinary care, animal behavior and enrichment, diagnostics and health surveillance, surgery, pharmacy, procurement, nutrition, and animal transportation.​​

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Biomedical Research Support

​​As the central NIH laboratory animal support program, DVR serves NIH intramural investigators by providing a full range of essential and specialized veterinary services. In addition, DVR professional staff is available for consultation on all aspects of labor​​​​atory animal medicine and to participate in collaborative research​.​

Radiology Room and Equipment

Bacteriology Petri Dish

Rodent Cage Rack - Mouse


​A full complement of professional, management, technical, and support staff are dedicated to the delivery of quality veterinary, animal care and research support services. Our professional staff is comprised of veterinarians, many of whom are Diplomates of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine or the American College of Veterinary pathologists. Others have advanced degrees in disciplines such as behavior, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and animal nutrition. Our management staff provides oversight to animal care and daily operations of the facilities. Our technical and support staff is comprised of biology laboratory technicians, enrichment technicians, veterinary technicians, animal care personnel, cage wash personnel, and motor vehicle operators. The varied backgrounds of the DVR staff provide a wide range of expertise to NIH researchers.


​​DVR manages a major part of all animal facility space at the NIH. With capabilities in conventional, SPF, or hazard containment environments, DVR can accommodate virtually any animal species required in biomedical research. All programs and facilities have been continued full accreditation by AAALAC​.​​​