During the last quarter century, the momentum of discovery in the biological, behavioral, and medical science has steadily increased. The application of this new knowledge has brought valuable health benefits to humans. Laboratory animals have played an indispensable role in these advances and in the education of professionals who serve the medical and health needs of humans and animals. If the public’s rising expectations for relief from disease, disability, and premature death are to be realized, research involving laboratory animals must continue. Thus, significant responsibility for the management of laboratory animal resources falls upon individual investigators and faculty, as well as the institutions in which their research and instruction are performed.  All individuals who use animals in education or scientific inquiry, must understand and be committed to fulfilling the legal and moral responsibilities of such use for both ethical and scientific reasons.  Only healthy, well- cared for animals yield valid scientific data, and thus both practical and philosophical considerations demand the highest standards of care. The academic community has a responsibility for meeting two challenges.  First, it must assure that all animal facilities, as well as research and training procedures, are in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines. Deficiencies in compliance with these standards only serve to undermine public confidence in all research and must be corrected.  Second, the academic community must educate the public about the important benefits derived from the use of animals in research and education.
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During the last quarter century, the momentum of discovery in the biological, behavioral, and medical science has steadily increased. The application of this new knowledge has brought valuable health benefits to humans. Laboratory animals have played an indispensable role in these advances and in the education of professionals who serve the medical and health needs of humans and animals. If the public’s rising expectations for relief from disease, disability, and premature death are to be realized, research involving laboratory animals must continue. Thus, significant responsibility for the management of laboratory animal resources falls upon individual investigators and faculty, as well as the institutions in which their research and instruction are performed.  All individuals who use animals in education or scientific inquiry, must understand and be committed to fulfilling the legal and moral responsibilities of such use for both ethical and scientific reasons.  Only healthy, well-cared for animals yield valid scientific data, and thus both practical and philosophical considerations demand the highest standards of care. The academic community has a responsibility for meeting two challenges.  First, it must assure that all animal facilities, as well as research and training procedures, are in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines. Deficiencies in compliance with these standards only serve to undermine public confidence in all research and must be corrected.  Second, the academic community must educate the public about the important benefits derived from the use of animals in research and education.
Lake Superior State University
Redefining the Classroom

LSSU Care and Use Manual

This manual provides information regarding the use of animals in research and education at LSSU. The Manual is a guide to the laws, standards and policies that impact these activities. Those involved in the use of animals at LSSU are expected to be knowledgeable about these matters and about procedures to ensure humane practices and professionally acceptable standards of animal care and use. Five objectives guided the preparation of this manual: 1. Provide the reader with an appreciation and basic understanding of the regulatory process and means by which compliance can be assured, and the responsibilities assumed when using laboratory animals. 2. Provide a concise, up-to-date accessible source of information about the LSSU’s program for animal care and use to  personnel involved with the program. 3. Facilitate good communication among animal users in the interest of good research and responsible animal care and use. 4. Document LSSU’s commitment to ensuring the humane use and care of animals required in the various research and teaching programs of the University. 5. Document LSSU’s responsibility for ensuring that all personnel involved with animal care and use are  appropriately trained, experienced, and qualified to perform their respective duties. Some of the information appearing in this Manual has been adapted, with permission, from UCLA’s Animal Care and Use Training Manual, Oakland University’s Training and Information Manual: Animal Care and Use, and The University of Michigan’s training program for animal care and use.
Investigator Responsibilities Investigator Responsibilities Reporting Deficiencies Reporting Deficiencies

GUIDLINES FOR VERTEBRATE USE AT LSSU

Email comments and questions to Dr. John H. Roese