Reporting Animal Concerns

All animals at the University at Albany must be handled, housed, treated, cared for, and transported in a humane and ethical manner in accordance with all regulations and university policies. Any person having reason to question the treatment of animals at the University is encouraged to report incidents involving perceived non-compliance without fear of retaliation

The Reporting Animal Concerns document should be prominently posted in all approved animal use spaces.

Please contact the Office for Regulatory and Research Compliance at (518) 437-3850. No threat or reprisal will be made against anyone reporting perceived mistreatment or non-compliance.

All complaints and documentation will be brought to the attention of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

If warranted, the concern will be discussed by the IACUC and appropriate measures taken. At the discretion of the IACUC, violations and recommendations for subsequent action will be forwarded to the Vice President for Research and, if warranted, to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW).


Research Compliance Officer
Adrienne D. Bonilla, Esq.
(866) 857-5459

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
(518) 437-3850

Lab Animal Facilities Manager
Timothy A. Quinn
(518) 339-3533 (cell)

Non-Emergency Reporting
  • Office of Environmental Health And Safety
    (518) 442-3495
  • University Police
    (518) 442-3131

Regulatory Authority

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 provides protection against discrimination or other reprisals for reporting violations of the Animal Welfare Act ("whistleblower protection"). The regulations provide that "[n]o 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)).