Animal Care and Use
It is the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee's (IACUC) responsibility to ensure the proper care, use and humane treatment of animals used in research education.
Davidson College, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and individual investigators share a collective responsibility to ensure that research and instruction involving animals is guided by the highest ethical standards and is conducted in compliance with federal and state regulations governing such research.
Ongoing education and training in the humane care and use of laboratory animals is a federal requirement. Enhanced oversight by federal regulatory agencies and best practice standards has required actions to strengthen the training components of the animal care and use program.
Davidson College has filed a written Assurance with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health. This document assures that the College will comply with the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals according to The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
Policies, Protocols & Leadership
It is the policy of Davidson College that animals used in research and teaching will receive humane treatment and care at all times. Explore our policies and protocols, and get to know the IACUC.
Training Requirements For PI's, Research Staff, Research Students and Animal Care Personnel
The IACUC requires all personnel that conduct any research and/or teaching that involves handling, manipulating, or performing procedures on live vertebrate animals, whether in the laboratory or in the field to complete the required training and become certified to use animals. Protocols, modification requests and annual renewals will not be approved until all personnel listed are certified.
In addition to hands-on training that may be required by the IACUC to ensure personnel are proficient in all procedures listed on the protocol application, the following courses may be required:
- Species-specific modules (mouse, rat, zebrafish, amphibian, etc...): Required for all animal users
- Aseptic Surgery: If performing survival or non-survival surgery in any animal specie
- Antibody Production: If performing antibody production in any animal specie
- Blood Collection: If collecting blood from any animal specie
- Reducing Pain and Distress in Laboratory Mice and Rats: If performing procedures which could cause pain and/or distress in rodents
- Wildlife Research: If working with wild animals
Training of research personnel by the PI must be documented and records must be available upon request.
Animal Care and Use
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