Comments & suggestions  should be directed to jroese@lssu.edu Visit my website INTRODUCTION 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. Investigator Responsibilities     Individual investigators who use vertebrate animals in their teaching or research (including those whose research consists of field work involving animals) are responsible, by law, for conforming to the basic regulations and policies governing animal use on the LSSU campus.  These regulations and policies cover: (a) the acquisition, care, and use of animals, (b) efforts to minimize animal pain and distress, (c) the training of personnel using animals, and (d) consideration of alternatives to animal use.  As a matter of educational policy, even faculty who do not themselves use animals should be aware of these regulations and policies as their students may use animals at a later time.  Similarly, instruction of students in proper animal use is an essential component of education in the biological sciences. Investigators obtain approval of their projects from the IACUC by completing an Application for Use of Vertebrate Animals (AUVA).  Because the support of investigators is crucial to maintaining high standards of animal care and use in any research or instructional setting, the following recommendations are provided for implementation by all students and faculty who use animals in their research or teaching. Become knowledgeable about, and conduct all activities involving the care and use of animals in accordance with all regulations, guidelines, and approved policies Design experiments based on: o Scientific merit o Compliance with animal care and use policies o Meeting goals for animal use of  Replacement, Reduction and Refinement o Procedures that will minimize animal pain, distress and discomfort Submit clear, complete research protocols (AUVA forms) as required, for approval by the IACUC Administer research protocols properly by: o Ensuring that personnel are qualified to perform their duties properly o Maintaining records of procedures undertaken during periods of animal use o Conducting orientations for all personnel on the rationale for using animals Maintain a scholarly, respective environment during all animal use situations Reporting Deficiencies in Animal Care or Treatment    (top of page) The IACUC is committed to ensuring the humane treatment, care, and handling of research animals. In the event that a deficiency (or suspected deficiency) in animal care or treatment by any University employee or person associated with the University is observed please report the deficiency so that appropriate investigations and corrective measures may be taken.  Report the occurrence directly to the IACUC.  Be prepared to provide all pertinent information including: •   Date, time, and location of incident •   Persons involved •   Protocol number of principal investigator, if known •   Species involved •   Description of deficiency •   Name and phone number of person reporting incident •   Date of incident Although anonymity in reporting a deficiency will not prevent investigations or corrective actions, the name and phone number of the person observing and reporting the incident is encouraged so that contact may be made if further clarification is needed.  According to the Animal Welfare Act, “No facility employee, committee member, or laboratory personnel shall be discriminated against or be subject to any reprisal for reporting violations of the Animal Welfare Act.”