Research Administration and Sponsored Programs IACUC Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns

Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns

Please contact the IACUC Chair, Dr. Charles Smith at 841-9256 or email or the Institutional Official, Tim Linker, at 841-9313 or email to report an animal-welfare related concern.

Abuse and neglect are deficiencies in animal care and use.

Animal abuse is defined as:

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.

Animal neglect is defined as:

  • Failure to provide food, water, or appropriate sanitation.
  • Failure to provide treatment prescribed by a veterinarian or the principal investigator of a research project.
  • Failure to notify a veterinarian or the person’s supervisor about an animal that is sick, in pain, injured or otherwise in need of veterinary medical care.
  • Failure to report abusive or neglectful action of a student or employee.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee has established the following policy of reporting deficiencies in animal care:

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 supervisor of the responsible employee or student
  • the Chairman of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • the IACUC Veterinarian
  • the designated Institutional Official.

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.

Do you have questions? Email RASP at or call 841-9313 for assistance.