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Animal Research

Animals have been central to the advancement of knowledge that has led to a vast array of benefits to both human and animal health. The University of Connecticut regards the use of animals in research, teaching, and testing to be an integral component of continued progress in science, education, and agriculture. The University expects all of its animal facilities and programs to maintain high ethical standards for animal care and use, and to be operated in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines.

The animal care and use program refers to all the components that exist in support of the University’s activities involving live animals. These components include facilities, employees, researchers, policies and procedures, equipment and animals. The Animal Care and Use Program has been accredited by AAALAC International since 2010.

Animal Care Services

Animal Care Services (NetID Access Restricted link)  provides animal husbandry and veterinary care for vertebrate animals housed at the Storrs Campus, excluding the farm animals under the supervision of the Department of Animal Science. ACS veterinarians have University-wide responsibilities for assisting faculty and the IACUC in protocol review, facility inspections, and training. The Animal Care and Use Program is accredited by AAALAC International. For further information please contact acsinfo@uconn.edu.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

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.