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Animal Care and Use

The Office of Research supports the research objectives of the university by promoting and advancing responsible and ethical use of animals through the provision of informed, well-trained and regulatory-compliant research personnel and programs. Drexel is required to have an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to conduct evaluations and review and approve protocols to use live vertebrate animals in research, teaching and testing. The IACUC has a key oversight role, including the review and approval of animal use activities, and inspection of animal facilities. The IACUC reviews all proposed animal experiments. Each animal protocol must include:

  • A justification for using animals, the number of animals to be used, and the species chosen,
  • The procedures or drugs to be used to eliminate or minimize pain and discomfort,
  • A description of the methods and sources used to search for alternatives to painful procedures, and
  • A description of the search used to ensure that the experiment does not unnecessarily duplicate previous research

Drexel is committed to the highest standards of ethical and humane care of animals in experimental research. Our IACUC oversees animal use by reviewing every proposed project including the use of vertebrate animals to ensure that:

  • The use of animals is justified by furthering science and benefitting society;
  • Research animals are spared unnecessary pain and distress; and
  • All research involving animals is conducted in full compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.