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Animal Care & Use Protocols

An Animal Care and Use Protocol is a request made to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to conduct a scientific experiment on live, vertebrate animals. Animals cannot be ordered or used at Davidson College until a protocol is approved by the Davidson College IACUC.

Each protocol submitted must include a detailed description of the research being conducted, minimize the number of animals being used in the study, minimize pain and distress to animals in the study, prove there is not a replacement or alternative model to the use of a living animal, prove the research is not a replication of previous work, and submit justification that the research being conducted is beneficial to the advancement of scientific knowledge.