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 is accredited by AAALAC International.
The Center for Comparative Medicine is responsible for providing veterinary care, veterinary husbandry services and expert consultation on the selection, care and use of animals in research and educational programs.
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) qualified through the experience and expertise of its members to oversee the University’s animal program, facilities, and procedures in accordance with the applicable laws, guidelines, and regulations.