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The USDA Animal Welfare Act and the NIH Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Animals require that institutions conducting research with animals establish an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). IACUC is responsible for the oversight of the care and use of all animals used for research at Southeast Missouri State University.

Responsibilities of the IACUC include:

  • Inspect all animal facilities, including animal study areas, at least once every six months
  • Collect annual reviews from IACUC approved labs
  • Prepare reports of these inspections and submit them to the Office of the President
  • Review concerns or complaints involving animal care and use at the University
  • Make recommendations to the President related to any aspect of the animal program
  • Review and assess proposed activities or changes related to the care and use of animals
  • Conduct ongoing reviews of activities at least once a year
  • Suspend activities involving animals that are not in accordance with guidelines and requirements approved by the IACUC



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