Saginaw Valley State University has a long tradition of proper use of laboratory research animals for education and research and recognizes the need for the judicious and ethical use of animals. It is the responsibility of Saginaw Valley State University to support ongoing improvements in the animal care and use program through the development and implementation of procedures and policies that enhance the health of the animals.
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) plays a key role in maintaining the University's adherence to relevant laws and guidelines pertaining to the use of live vertebrate animals in research and education. The IACUC, through the protocol review process as outlined in the Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, upholds the laws concerning the use of animals. An Animal Use Protocol (AUP) for education and for research must be approved by the IACUC prior to the commencement of any project using live vertebrate animals.
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) serves as an independent oversight committee responsible for monitoring all University associated animal care and use. Adequate veterinary medical care is an essential component of an animal care and use program and is required by the PHS Policy and Animal Welfare Regulations (AWRs). Clear provisions are made to give the veterinarian appropriate authority to execute a program of adequate veterinary care, including access to all animals.
Sponsored Programs assists IACUC with administrative responsibilities and reports directly to the Provost’s Office.