Regulation of Animal Research

Animal research is conducted humanely in an environment that is heavily regulated and controlled to ensure that:

  1. the research complies with all applicable regulations
  2. health and comfort of the animals has the highest priority
  3. there are no alternatives to animal experimentation

The use of animals is regulated under federal law (the Animal Welfare Act and Public Health Services Regulation Act) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare at the NIH as well as by state laws and professional veterinary standards. Our animal facilities are also accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Care International (AAALAC), the major international accrediting organization. Our animal facilities and records are inspected regularly by the USDA and AAALAC. We strive to conform to all applicable laws, regulations and standards and have a good record of doing so. All use of animals at each U.S. university is overseen by an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) which is appointed by the university president and composed of experienced faculty members, on-campus veterinarians, and representatives of the community.