Use of Animals in Research & Teaching

The University of Connecticut/Storrs has an Animal Welfare Assurance with the Public Health Service (PHS); Assurance #A3124-01, expiration date: February 28, 2016. The University's Animal Program has been accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) since June 24, 2010.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is charged with responsibility for reviewing the University of Connecticut's program for the humane care and use of animals in research and teaching as described in its Assurance and University Policy. The IACUC is created by and subject to federal law: the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS 1986), the USDA Animal Welfare Act/Regulations (CFR 1985) and related Guides. Members include scientists and nonscientists, veterinarians and nonaffiliated individuals from the community. Members are appointed by the President on recommendation of the Vice President for Research (VPR).

The IACUC Office administers the work of the IACUC and is part of the Office of Research Compliance (ORC), which reports to the VPR. The VPR is the Institutional Official (IO) for the University animal program at Storrs and the regional campuses.

The IACUC Office works closely with other University offices including the Environmental Health and Safety Office (EH&S ) and the Office of Animal Care (OAC). EH&S oversees compliance in the areas of biological, chemical, occupational, and radiation safety. OAC provides daily care for animals, supportive services and training in animal procedures for researchers and administers the veterinary care program. The Director of OAC serves as the Attending Veterinarian and reports to the VPR.