High Point University recognizes the necessary roles that live animals play in research and teaching, and a concurrent responsibility to treat animals humanely. Our mission is to contribute to science education and the advancement of scientific knowledge while maintaining the most humane care and treatment of animal subjects. All High Point University faculty, staff, and students whose research or teaching involves live vertebrate animals in some way, whether in the lab or in the field, must be familiar with and conform to institutional, federal, and state regulations governing those activities. HPU established an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to ensure the proper care, use and humane treatment of animals used in research and teaching. The IACUC sets policies and procedures in accord with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal Welfare Regulations (which implement the Animal Welfare Act), Public Health Services Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Public Health Service Policy) and the National Academy of Science’s National Research Council’s Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide).
No use of a live vertebrate animal is permitted for research or teaching purposes without an IACUC Approved Animal Care and Use Protocol. Procedures for submitting an Animal Use and Care Protocol for IACUC review are given below:.
Complete the electronic version of the Animal Use and Care Protocol Proposal Form, sign it, have it signed by your Department Chair, and submit as an Email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “IACUC Protocol Proposal” in RE: line.
HPU’s Protocol Form is designed, in part, to help assure that the following points as recommended by the Guide are addressed in the preparation and review of animal use and care protocols:
Protocol approvals are valid for a maximum of three years. The Principal Investigator or instructor must request IACUC approval for any significant departure from the original protocol by submitting a written description of the changes to the IACUC Chair at email@example.com. The Principal Investigator or instructor must verify the status of the project annually by completing and submitting to the IACUC the Annual Protocol Renewal Form. A completed electronic version of the Annual Protocol Review Form should be signed and submitted as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Protocol approvals will be canceled for discontinued projects or projects that deviate significantly from the approved protocol.
This policy provides the university community with procedures for the appropriate care and use of animals for research and teaching activities conducted under the auspices of the University.
It is the policy of High Point University that animals used in research and teaching receive humane treatment and care at all times. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator, whose activities regarding the use of animals are subject to oversight by the IACUC, to abide by this policy. No use of a live vertebrate animal is permitted for research or teaching purposes without an IACUC approved Animal Care and Use Protocol. Animal care and use should be guided by the following principles:
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee will monitor the care and use of vertebrate animals at HPU and in off-campus programs. The Committee will regularly evaluate animal husbandry, facility and laboratory suitability, research procedures, and teaching practices where animals are involved. In addition, the Committee, will review animal use and care protocols for all teaching and research projects intending to use live vertebrate animals. Animal protocols will describe, in detail, methods to be used for animal care and assurance of humane treatment during the study. Committee approval of an animal protocol is required prior to initiation of a research project or teaching activity that uses live vertebrae animals.
It is the responsibility of the Principle Investigator conducting animal studies and the Committee (IACUC) monitoring the program to assure the responsible use and humane treatment of animals. Assurance that the use of animals in research and teaching is justifiable and is conducted in a considerate manner that minimizes distress and discomfort is required by the public and granting agencies. HPU is committed to providing such responsible use and considerate care for animal subjects used for teaching and research.
Please contact the IACUC Chair, Dr. James Smoliga at 841-9480 or email email@example.com or the Institutional Official, Tim Linker, at 841-9313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to report an animal-welfare related concern.
Intentionally inflicting pain, suffering or distress that is unrelated to the scientific goals and not contained in experimental procedures outlined in an Animal Use Protocol that has been approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Causing animal pain or distress by failure to follow the procedures of an approved Animal Use Protocol.
All HPU employees and students have an ethical obligation to immediately report credible evidence of a deficiency in animal care and use. Any person who has observed or otherwise become aware of animal abuse or neglect should report it immediately to one of the following persons:
The Chair of the IACUC shall investigate all reports of suspected violations brought under this Policy and, if appropriate, recommend disciplinary action. The IACUC Chair shall report the findings and actions of the investigation to the person who reported the incident. Information may be reported anonymously and, to the extent that it is possible, anonymity will be preserved. No person shall be subjected to reprisals for filing a report under this Policy.
A unique application to the IACUC for studies of wild animals in or from natural settings.
Amphibians: Guidelines for the Breeding, Care and Management of Laboratory Animals
Considerations and Recommendations for Raising Live Amphibians in Classrooms. (2009)
Guidelines of the American Society of Mammalogists for the use of wild mammals in research (2011)
Guidelines for the Use of Live Amphibians and Reptiles in Field Research
Guidelines for the Care and Use of Fish in Research
Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Field Research
Guidelines for the Use of Wild Birds in Research
Guidelines for the Capture, Handling and Care of Mammals
Restraint and Handling of Live Amphibians
The zebrafish book. A guide for the laboratory use of zebrafish (Danio rerio)
Use of Amphibians in the Research, Laboratory, or Classroom Setting