Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns

UB and its researchers are committed to the humane and responsible treatment of animals. However situations may arise that need to be addressed and we appreciate your assistance in helping us maintain high standards.

The law requires the university’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to investigate suspected animal abuse or mistreatment. Please note the process for reporting problems. 

Your Actions in Reporting Concerns

If you observe or suspect animal abuse, mistreatment or non-compliance with federal, state or local regulations or non-compliance with an approved protocol, please report the incident. The IACUC will investigate and evaluate concerns raised by anyone regarding the care and use of animals at the university.

  1. If at all possible, speak directly with those involved in the situation.
  2. If it's an emergency and you can't speak directly to those involved, call 829-2919 and contact the director of the Laboratory Animal Facility.
    • The director will take any necessary action and report the incident to the IACUC Chair.
  3. If the situation is not an emergency, please submit your concern or complaint to the IACUC Chair:
    • Office of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Clinical and Tanslational Research Center, 875 Ellicott Street, Room 5018 , Buffalo, NY  14203 
    • Call: (716) 829-2752
    • The chair will assign an ad hoc committee to investigate and prepare a report, which the IACUC will review at its next scheduled meeting.
    • No matter the outcome, a written reply will be made to those involved and a report will be sent to the institutional official.

The Animal Welfare Act says that no facility employee, committee member or laboratory personnel shall be discriminated against or be subject to reprisal for reporting violations of regulations or standards.

IACUC Actions and Notes

  • All actions and recommendations must be approved by a majority of the IACUC.
  • The IACUC may suspend an activity that is previously approved if it determines that the activity is not being conducted in accordance with applicable provisions of the Animal Welfare Act, The Guide, or the university's Letter of Assurance with OLAW.