Animal research is changing, in part because of newer
computer modeling techniques and cell tissue / organ
culture methodologies that have reduced the need for animals to be
used in research and teaching.
However, with our inherently complex biological systems, we
continue to need live-animal research in order
to solve existing health problems and for biomedical
The IACUC must review and approve all animal research in
order to maintain the university's high research standards. It
does so by following federal and state regulations, which
reflect the general concerns of society, along with professional
standards of ethical conduct that govern the use of animal subjects
in scientific and educational activities.
- Governmental statutes, including the Public Health Service
Animal Welfare Policy, require that all research institutions
establish an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to
oversee the proper care and use of laboratory animals.
- The IACUC relies on Animal Welfare Regulations (CFR, Title
9, Chapter 1, Subchapter A, Parts 1, 2 and 3) and the Guide
for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals to ensure the
university is in compliance with all federal, state and local
- University policy and the Office for Laboratory Animal Welfare
(OLAW) also guide the IACUC.
- 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 is the gold standard in animal care
and indicates to external organizations, including funding bodies
and governmental authorities, that the university's animal care
program conforms to internationally accepted standards.