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Animal Research

Published October 17, 2014

The university insists on humane and ethical treatment of all animals used in research and education, and adheres to all applicable federal, state, local and institutional laws and guidelines governing animal research.  In addition, the University at Buffalo animal research facility is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation for Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), the gold standard of animal care, and thus exceeds what is required by law.

The University at Buffalo recognizes that scientific and medical knowledge gained through animal research has saved countless lives, has improved human and animal health, and has alleviated global pain and suffering. At UB, some of the top researchers in the country are working toward better treatments for cancer, heart attacks and strokes using animal research. 

UB's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews every section of a research and/or teaching protocol that involves animals.  Federal and state statutes as well as the Public Health Service Animal Welfare Policy require that all research institutions establish an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Under these regulatory mandates, UB's IACUC is charged with the responsibility and authority for oversight of the proper care and use of all laboratory animals.

UB's IACUC employs the use of Animal Welfare Regulations CFR, Title 9, Chapter 1, Subchapter A, Parts 1, 2 and 3 along with The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals to assure the University is in compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations as well as University policy and Assurance to the Office for Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW).

The university provides extensive training and careful supervision of all personnel involved in animal care.  The University's Animal Care Program and Laboratory Animal Facilities are fully accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International, a voluntary peer review process. AAALAC accreditation, as the gold standard in animal care, is confirmation to all external organizations, including funding bodies and governmental authorities, that the animal care program is conforming to internationally accepted standards.