This notice is posted in accordance with IACUC policy
REPORTING ANIMAL WELFARE CONCERNS
It is the policy at Florida Atlantic University, that animals will be treated humanely, at all times. Faculty, staff and students working with animals are required to know and understand the regulatory requirements pertaining to proper care and use of animals. FAU abides by all guidelines, including, but not limited to, the USDA Animal Welfare Act, NIH requirements, and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. FAU is subject to USDA inspections at least once a year, as well as semi-annual internal inspections by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
FAU's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee is a faculty committee comprised of 13 members including veterinarians, scientists, non-scientists and members from the community whose role is to give their unbiased, unaffiliated opinion on projects. This IACUC oversees all animal use at FAU. IACUC review and approval is required prior to the start of any research, education or teaching activities involving animal use at FAU. FAU's Veterinarian is responsible for providing appropriate, humane, and legal care of all animals under the purview of FAU. His responsibilities include training all personnel who interact with animals. The Veterinary Services team closely monitors the health and well-being of every animal. This information is carefully documented and reported to the Veterinarian.
Should you, as a member of the FAU or outside community have concerns that require immediate attention, we encourage you to contact the IACUC, the Veterinarian, or the Division of Research. It is important that any concerns be immediately addressed; all concerns will be appropriately investigated. FAU is committed to the objective of providing responsible animal care and use.
We offer several avenues for you to discuss your concerns with those at FAU involved in the animal program. If you believe that your concern needs an urgent veterinary response, you are recommended to contact the Veterinarian immediately. Mailboxes are also located in each vivarium where concerns can be anonymously submitted. Alternatively, you may email, call or forward an anonymous letter to the Vice President for Research or the IACUC Chair or you can contact one of the following persons:
Individuals generating a report of concern shall not be discriminated against or subject to any reprisal for generating the report. It is important that any concerns be immediately addressed; all concerns will be appropriately investigated. FAU is committed to the objective of providing responsible, ethical and humane animal care and use.