Your research or teaching protocol must be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee prior to beginning the work. You should also be prepared for routine inspections every six months after the work begins, and renewals every three years.
The committee looks for all opportunities to:
- Replace animals when possible
- Reduce the number of animals used
- Refine procedures to minimize discomfort or harm to animals
Be sure to follow the activities described in your approved protocol. Noncompliance may result in temporary or permanent suspension of the activities, more frequent laboratory inspections or monitoring, additional training of personnel, or removal of personnel or animals from the study.