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Animal Care and Use

Animal Care and Use

SUNY and the RF Best Practices: Research Involving Animal Subjects - Animal Care and Use

Effective Date: August 2013; released August 20, 2013

SUNY and the RF have jointly developed an animal research best practice, Animal Care and Use. This animal research resource, and a human subjects research best practice titled "Research Involving Human Subjects," are products of the coordinated work of the SUNY Compliance Steering Committee.

The Colleges and Universities in the State University of New York (SUNY) system will treat animals with consideration and respect, in accordance with a culture of care. The use of live animals carries with it a moral responsibility for the welfare of another living creature, as well as specific legal responsibilities.  Animal welfare is an important goal in its own right, as well as an integral element of good science and teaching. As part of this commitment, SUNY and the Research Foundation for SUNY (RF) share the obligation for the ethical conduct of activities involving live, vertebrate animals. This statement applies to the procurement, housing, care and use of live, non-human vertebrate animals involved in research, research training, experimentation, biological testing, teaching, and related activities.

Animal care and use of animals are governed by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) implementing regulations. Except where Public Health Service (PHS) sponsored animal use activities are involved, in which case, the care and use must comply with the PHS Policy and The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.  All performance sites for the SUNY campus, on or off-campus, domestic or foreign are obligated to conform to ethical principles which are at least equivalent to those of the campus or as may be determined by the AWA, USDA regulations, or PHS Policy and The Guide.  Implementation of these best practices constitutes an important first step in achieving the ultimate goal of obtaining accreditation for an entity that accredits animal care and use programs.

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