Policy I-14

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ANIMAL USE AND CARE

(Administrative Practice)

Fulfillment of Indiana University teaching and research missions requires a variety of approaches, among which is the use of animals. Living animals are used only when there is no valid alternative to their use, or when their use may be required by law in a particular experiment or test.

Animals, in order to yield valid results, must be healthy and comfortable. For this reason, as well as for humaneness, it is the policy of Indiana University that animals required for teaching and research shall be housed, cared for, and used in accordance with the highest standards of comfort and cleanliness, as required by regulations and guidelines of the Animal Welfare Act, the National Institutes of Health, and the Public Health Service.

Decisions relating to implementation of the Indiana University Policy on Animal Use and Care are the responsibility of the President or his designee. Oversight responsibility is vested in the All-University Animal Research Committee, composed of scientists, a non-scientist faculty member, a person from outside the University, and a veterinarian experienced in laboratory animal medicine and care. This veterinarian serves as University Veterinarian, with operating responsibility for animal use and welfare in the University system.

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