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ANIMAL CARE at LSSU
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.
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.