IACUC Policies & Procedures
Federal Regulations, Laws & Guidelines
Animal Welfare Act
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.
AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia
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.
Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
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.
Guidelines for the Capture, Handling, and Care of Mammals
The Guidelines for the Capture, Handling, and Care of Mammals as approved by the American Society of Mammalogists.
Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research
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.
Guidelines for Use of Live Amphibians and Reptiles in Field and Laboratory Research
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.
Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research
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.
Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals
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.
Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
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.
USDA Animal Care Policy Manual
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.
USDA Animal Welfare Regulations
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.
Policies & Guidelines
Acclimation of Large Animals
Guidelines and policies on acclimation of large animals.
Acclimation of Rodents
Guidelines and policies on acclimation of rodents.
Additives to the Drinking Water for Rats and Mice
Guidelines and policies on additives to the drinking water for rats and mice.
Guidelines and policies on the use of adjuvants.
Administration of Drugs and Experimental Compounds in Mice and Rats
Guidelines and policies on administration of drugs and experimental compounds in mice and rats.
Anesthesia and Analgesia
Guidelines and policies on the use of anesthesia and analgesia in research animals.
Anesthesia and Analgesia: Neonatal Mice and Rats
Guidelines and policies on the use of anesthesia with neonatal mice and rats.
Guidelines and policies on ascites production in mice.
Authority of the Attending Veterinarian
Guidelines and policy on the authority of the attending veterinarian.
Biological Materials in Rodents
Guidelines and policies on biological materials in rodents.
Blood Collection Guidelines
Guidelines and policies on blood collection.
Body Condition Scoring for Mice
Guidelines and policies on body condition scoring for mice.
Center for Biomedical Imaging
Guidelines and policies for animal transfer to/from BU biomedical imaging.
Collection of Tissues for Genotyping
Guidelines and policies for the collection of tissues for genotyping.
Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for birds.
Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for chinchillas.
Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for ferrets.
Environmental Enrichment—Guinea Pigs
Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for rabbits.
Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for rodents.
Guidelines and policies for environmental enrichment for swine.
Guideline for ether use.
Guidelines and policies on euthanasia.
Euthanasia of Rodents
Guidelines and policies on euthanasia of rodents.
Expired Medical Materials
Guidelines and policies on the conditional use of expired medical materials.
Fertilized and Embryonated Chicken Eggs
Guidelines and policies on the use of fertilized and embryonated chicken eggs.
Policy on humane endpoints.
Irradiation of Rodents
Guidelines and policies on irradiation of rodents.
Osmotic Pumps in Mice and Rats
Guidelines and policies of osmotic pumps in mice and rats.
Personnel Training and Qualifications
Policy on personnel training and qualifications.
Photo-Recording and Audio-Recording of Live Vertebrate Animals
Guidelines and policies on photo-recording and audio-recording of live vertebrate animals.
Post Approval Monitoring
Guidelines and policies on compliance monitoring.
Rodent Breeding Colony Management—Mice
Guidelines and policies on rodent breeding colony management for mice.
Rodent Breeding Colony Management—Rats
Guidelines and policies on rodent breeding colony management for rats.
Rodent Fluid Regulation
Guidelines and policies on rodent fluid restriction.
Rodent Food Regulation
Guidelines and policies on food regulation and restriction in rodents.
Guidelines on sample-size calculations.
Search for Alternatives
Guidelines on search for alternatives to procedures involving animals, which avoid or minimize discomfort, pain, and distress.
Guidelines and policies on survival surgery.
Guidelines on aseptic surgery.
Guidelines for rodent surgery.
Guidelines and policies on thioglycollate induction of activated macrophages and granulocytes in mice.
Protocol on harvesting tissues from a deceased animal.
Transportation of Non-Rodents
Guidelines and policies on transportation of non-rodents.
Transportation of Rodents
Guidelines and policies on transportation of rodents.
Tumor Policy for Mice and Rats
Guidelines and policies on tumors for mice and rats.
Unanticipated Phenotypes Impacting Animal Health
Guidelines and policies on unanticipated phenotypes impacting animal health.
Use of Pharmaceutical-Grade Chemicals and Other Substances
Guidelines and policies for use of pharmaceutical-grade chemicals and other substances in live vertebrate animals.
Violation and Complaint Resolution
Guidelines and policies for reporting animal welfare concerns at BU.
Xenopus Surgical Oocyte Harvest
Guidelines and policies on xenopus surgical oocyte harvest.
Xenopus Hormone-Induced Egg Collection
Guidelines and policies on approved methods for xenopus hormone-induced egg collection.
Guidelines and policies on minimum requirements for xenopus housing.