Research at the University of Utah that utilizes animal models is conducted with the utmost care and concern about the research subjects. The university is in total compliance with all state and federal regulations that govern the use of animals in research. Additionally, the institution is accredited as an exemplary program by an outside and independent organization (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International).
Each animal study is closely monitored by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and animal research staff. As part of the oversight program, unannounced, as well as scheduled, inspections are routinely conducted by the IACUC and USDA. Through the IACUC, researchers and technicians receive specialized training to assure that all research conducted on animals is humanely and competently done.