Research Administration and Sponsored Programs IACUC Animal Use Policy

Animal Use Policy

Purpose of Policy

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:

  • All experiments involving live vertebrate animals must be performed by or under the supervision of a qualified scientist. Experimentation will be conducted in a manner that avoids unnecessary suffering and injury to the animals. The Principle Investigator must be prepared to terminate the experiment when continuation may result in unnecessary injury or suffering to the animals.
  • Procedures involving animals should be designed and performed with due consideration of their relevance to human or animal health, the advancement of biological knowledge (research and teaching), or the good of society. The animals selected for a procedure should be appropriate and only the minimum number required to obtain scientifically valid results should be used. Alternatives, such as, statistical analysis of previously published studies, mathematical models, or in vitro biological systems, will be used when appropriate to replace animal use or reduce the number of animals required.
  • Procedures with animals that may cause pain or distress should be preformed with appropriate analgesia, or anesthesia. All procedures or surgeries using chemically paralyzed animals must provide anesthesia throughout the paralytic episode. Animals that would otherwise suffer severe or chronic pain or distress that cannot be relieved should be painlessly euthanized as soon as possible unless scientifically justified in an IACUC approved protocol.
  • The living conditions of animals kept for teaching or research should contribute to their health and comfort. Animal husbandry, disease control, appropriate use of anesthesia and analgesia administration of medication and euthanasia will be conducted as recommended by the consulting Veterinarian.

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.

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