Contact Information

Primary Contact

Jill Ascher


9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892


The Division of Veterinary Resources’ (DVR) mission 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.

Established Technologies

  • DVR professional staff is available for consultation on all aspects of laboratory animal medicine and to participate in collaborative research:
  • Clinical care
  • Diagnostics
  • Facility management
  • Genetic monitoring
  • Health surveillance
  • Husbandry
  • Intensive care
  • Laboratory animal behavior support and environmental enrichment
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Phenotyping mouse models
  • Procurement
  • Quarantine/Conditioning
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Transportation
  • Veterinary Technical Support
  • Learn more about our divisions specializing in:
  • Animal Surgery
  • Diagnostics and Pathology Service
  • Laboratory animal behavior support services

DVR manages the majority of 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 are AAALAC accredited.

A full complement of professional, technical, and support staff are dedicated to the delivery of quality veterinary and research support services. Our professional staff is comprised of veterinarians, most 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 technical support staff is comprised of animal care personnel, behavior technicians, biology laboratory technicians, cagewash personnel, enrichment technicians, motor vehicle operators, and veterinary technicians. The varied backgrounds of the DVR staff provide a wide range of expertise to NIH researchers.