OLAC Mission Statement

To support UC Berkeley’s quality research program by promoting the highest standards of animal care, welfare, regulatory compliance, education, training and customer service.


OLAC will strive to set a high standard for animal resource operations by developing and continuing a culture of excellence through education, training and teamwork.

Core Values


  • We are caring, compassionate, and humane towards people and animals
  • We promote diversity, inclusiveness, cooperation and teamwork
  • We recognize our efforts our needs for improvement and celebrate our achievements


  • We are honest, truthful, trustworthy and admit when we are unsure
  • We do what we say we are going to do and we apologize when we are wrong
  • We report facility and animal care problems, shortcomings and non-compliances


  • We work together to find the best ways to care for the animals and support research
  • We share our knowledge and experience with others
  • We learn from our mistakes and share those lessons learned


  • We strive for quality and excellence in service to the animals we care for and the Investigators we collaborate with
  • We take ownership and pride in our work
  • We conduct ourselves professionally


  • We communicate in a respectful, clear, concise and constructive manner
  • We hold ourselves and each other accountable by discussing concerns
  • We discuss programmatic concerns and confusions with our supervisors first

Prioritization Ranking for Decision Making

  1. Human and Animal Welfare
  2. Regulatory Compliance
  3. Customer Service