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Use of Animals in Research

The University is committed to the humane care and use of animals in research.  The use of animals in research, teaching, field studies and outreach activities is subject to state and federal laws and guidelines. University policy specifies that:

  • All animals under university care will be treated humanely and users of vertebrate animals must follow policies set forth in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals published by the Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Research or teaching activities involving the use of vertebrate animals are regulated by laws and policies at the campus, state and federal levels
  • All animal projects must receive approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) prior to conducting work
  • All individuals involved in activities in which animals are used must attend a training session on the humane care and use of animals conducted by the Director of the DLAR or designee as required in SUNY Stony Brook’s Assurance filed with the National Institutes of Health

Project directors are responsible for the care and treatment of animals under their supervision, and for adherence to applicable University, state and federal regulations.  Project directors planning to carry out research using vertebrate animals can visit the Office of Research Compliance (ORC) for further information and protocol submission to the IACUC for review.