IACUC Policies & Procedures

Federal Regulations, Laws & Guidelines

The Animal Welfare Act is a law passed by the US Congress and it contains provisions to prevent the sale or use of animals that have been stolen; to prohibit animal-fighting ventures; and to ensure that animals used in research, for exhibition, or as pets receive humane care and treatment.

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The AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia, written by the American Veterinary Medical Association, guides researchers and veterinarians on the humane methods of euthanasia for research animals.

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The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals is designed to assist institutions in caring for and using animals in ways judged to be scientifically, technically, and humanely appropriate.

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The Guidelines for the Capture, Handling, and Care of Mammals as approved by the American Society of Mammalogists.

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The Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research was written by the American Fisheries Society to guide researchers in the proper care and treatment of fish.

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The Guidelines for Use of Live Amphibians and Reptiles in Field and Laboratory Research was written by the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists to guide researchers in the proper care and treatment of amphibians and reptiles.

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The Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research was written by the Ornithological Council to provide avian-specific information to guide researchers in the proper care and treatment of birds.

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The Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals guidelines, written by the National Research Council, provide information to guide researchers in the proper methods to reduce occupational risk and exposure in the use of research animals.

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The PHS policy enforces the Health Research Extension Act, a federal law passed in 1985. This law established guidelines for the proper care and treatment of animals to be used in biomedical and behavioral research.

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The Animal Care Policy Manual further clarifies the intent of the Animal Welfare Act, and includes the USDA’s interpretative rules on several issues including veterinary care, survival surgery, and searches for alternatives to animals.

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The Animal Welfare Act directs the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to administer and enforce animal welfare regulations.

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Policies & Guidelines

Guidelines and policies on acclimation of large animals.

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Guidelines and policies on acclimation of rodents.

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Guidelines and policies on additives to the drinking water for rats and mice.

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Guidelines and policies on the use of adjuvants.

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Guidelines and policies on administration of drugs and experimental compounds in mice and rats.

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Guidelines and policies on the use of anesthesia and analgesia in research animals.

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Guidelines and policies on the use of anesthesia with neonatal mice and rats.

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Guidelines and policies on ascites production in mice.

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Guidelines and policy on the authority of the attending veterinarian.

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Guidelines and policies on biological materials in rodents.

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Guidelines and policies on blood collection.

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Guidelines and policies on body condition scoring for mice.

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Guidelines and policies for animal transfer to/from BU biomedical imaging.

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Guidelines and policies for the collection of tissues for genotyping.

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Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for amphibians & reptiles.

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Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for birds.

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Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for cats.

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Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for chinchillas.

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Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for ferrets.

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Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for fish.

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Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for guinea pigs.

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Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for nonhuman primates.

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Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for rabbits.

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Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for rodents.

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Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for swine.

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Guideline for ether use.

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Guidelines and policies on euthanasia.

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Guidelines and policies on euthanasia of rodents.

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Guidelines and policies on the conditional use of expired medical materials.

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Guidelines and policies on the use of fertilized and embryonated chicken eggs.

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Policy on humane endpoints.

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Policy on “Appointments to Membership, Membership Training, Representation and Assistance to the IACUCs of Änimal Research Units”.

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Guidelines and policies on irradiation of rodents.

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Guidelines and policies of osmotic pumps in mice and rats.

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Policy on personnel training and qualifications.

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Pilot studies guidelines and policies.

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Guidelines and policies on compliance monitoring.

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Guidelines and policies on rodent breeding colony management for mice.

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Guidelines and policies on rodent breeding colony management for rats.

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Guidelines and policies on rodent fluid restriction.

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Guidelines and policies on food regulation and restriction in rodents.

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Guidelines on sample-size calculations.

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Guidelines on satellite laboratories.

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Guidelines on search for alternatives to procedures involving animals, which avoid or minimize discomfort, pain, and distress.

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Guidelines and policies on survival surgery.

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Guidelines on aseptic surgery.

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Guidelines for rodent surgery.

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Guidelines and policies on thioglycollate induction of activated macrophages and granulocytes in mice.

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Protocol on harvesting tissues from a deceased animal.

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Guidelines and policies on transportation of non-rodents.

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Guidelines and policies on transportation of rodents.

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Guidelines and policies on tumors for mice and rats.

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Guidelines and policies on unanticipated phenotypes impacting animal health.

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Guidelines and policies for use of pharmaceutical-grade chemicals and other substances in live vertebrate animals.

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Guidelines and policies for reporting animal welfare concerns at BU.

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Guidelines and policies on xenopus surgical oocyte harvest.

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Guidelines and policies on approved methods for xenopus hormone-induced egg collection.

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Guidelines and policies on minimum requirements for xenopus housing.

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