Use of Animals (IACUC)
As a comprehensive research institution, the University at Albany conducts a myriad of research activities that include the use of vertebrate animals. The Institutional Animal Care Use Committee (IACUC) is the University's regulatory authority that ensures approved research involving vertebrate animals is conducted humanely, ethically, and in compliance with regulations.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Use of Animals in Research & Teaching
Animal welfare is a important goal in its own right, as well as an integral element of good science and teaching. As part of this commitment, SUNY and the Research Foundation for SUNY (RF) share the obligation for the ethical conduct of activities involving live, vertebrate animals. This statement applies to the procurement, housing, care and use of live, non-human vertebrate animals involved in research, research training, experimentation, biological testing, teaching, and related activities. It is the policy of the University at Albany that all animals in its care, or for which it is responsible, receive the best possible care. Concerns about animals should be reported to any of the following:
As outlined in regulations issued pursuant to the Animal Welfare Act and found in 9 CFR § 2.31(c)(4), the IACUC is required to "review, and, if warranted, investigate concerns involving the care and use of animals at the research facility resulting from public complaints received and from reports of noncompliance received from laboratory or research facility personnel or employees."
The USDA Animal Welfare Regulations provide protection against discrimination or other reprisals for reporting violations of the Animal Welfare Act ("whistleblower protection"). The regulations provide that "No facility employee, Committee member, or laboratory personnel shall be discriminated against or be subject to any reprisal for reporting violations of any regulations or standards under the Act." (9 CFR § 2.32(c)(4)).