Policy for the Care and Use of Animals

 

The Use of Animals in Teaching, Research, or Service is a Privilege, Not a Right!

 

Louisiana State University endorses and complies with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) position statement regarding animal welfare, and complies with the guidelines as stated in the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 2011. This institution also endorses the position of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) regarding animal welfare, and complies with the provisions of the School of veterinary Medicine, Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine Investigator Handbook and Procedures Manual, revised 2011. 

 

In addition, this institution is accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC), indicating verified compliance with the requirements for the proper care and treatment of all vertebrate laboratory animals, irrespective of species, location, investigator,use or funding source. 

 

Louisiana State University (LSU) has an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee which is responsible for the review and approval of all research projects conducted within the facilities of LSU.

 

The University endorses and complies with the provisions of the animal Welfare Act of 1966 as amended; the AVMA Position Statement, JAVMA, Vol. 183, 12:1384-85, 1983, approved by the AVMA Executive Board on October 29, 1983, and the AVMA Position Statement on Food Animal Agriculture, approved as the report of the AAVMC Committee of Animal Use, 1987; the AAALAC guidelines as stated in the NIH Publication No. 85-23, the Guide for the Care and use of Laboratory Animals, adopted as the standard for the accreditation program; and the School of Veterinary Medicine Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine Investigator Handbook and Procedures Manual, revised 2011.