IACUC Committees

Research institutions are required – by law – to establish an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to oversee all work with animals.

Research institutions are required – by law – to establish an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to oversee all work with animals. The IACUCs require researchers to justify their need for animals; select the most appropriate species and use the fewest number of animals possible to answer a specific question. All IACUCs include at least one veterinarian and one community representative, unaffiliated with the institution. These committees have the authority to reject any research proposal and stop any project it believes has failed to meet proper standards. IACUCs help to ensure that all research animals are treated responsibly and humanely.

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