University Resources, Operations and Policies

Animal Care and Use 


Policy Statement

Adelphi University regards the use of animals in research, teaching, and testing to be an integral component of continued progress in science, education, and agriculture. The university expects all of its animal facilities and programs to maintain the highest standards of animal care and use, and to be operated in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines.


Reason for Policy

The university is committed to the highest ethical standards of animal care and use. This policy outlines the principles that govern the humane conduct of activities involving live vertebrate animals, procedures that ensure compliance with external regulations and the responsible use of Adelphi resources, and establishes roles and responsibilities of those individuals who are involved in the care and use of animals in research, testing and teaching.


Who Is Governed by this Policy

Faculty, Staff and Students


Policy

Adelphi University regards the use of animals in research, teaching, and testing to be an integral component of continued progress in science, education, and agriculture. The use of animals in research, teaching, and testing has been essential for advances in the life sciences, medicine, and agriculture and has resulted in enormous benefits for human and animal health. The university is committed to the highest ethical standards of animal care. Each Adelphi investigator or instructor wishing to use animals on or off campus must conduct all animal work in accordance with all laws, regulations, and policies governing the care and use of animals.

Animal facilities and programs will be operated in accord with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act (1966), Regulation (C.F.R., 2009) and policies, the Health Research Extension Act (1985), the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS, 2002), the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (NRC, 2011), the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching (2010), the New York State Health Law (Article 5, Section 504), and other applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines.

Adelphi University is committed to accreditation of its Animal Care and Use program by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International. A fundamental premise of accreditation is the maintenance of a consistently high standard of care for all animals used in research, teaching, and testing at Adelphi.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has authority over all physical facilities holding or housing vertebrate animals, and is expected to work with each college or unit having such facilities to see that the facilities are in compliance with all federal and state laws, and to sustain a program of regular maintenance in all animal facilities in accordance with this policy.


Definitions

Animal: Any living, non-human, vertebrate animal (mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, or fish), unless otherwise specified.

Animal Facility: An Adelphi University owned and operated facility where animals are housed or held for a 12 hour period or more.


Forms

Review the Animal Use Protocol (PDF)


Related Information

Refer to the Institutional Animal Care and Rights Committee


Contacts

Christopher Storm
516.877.3165
cstorm@adelphi.edu

Matthias Foellmer
516-877-4206
foellmer@adelphi.edu

Andrea Ward 
516-877-4204
award@adelphi.edu

Mary Cortina
516-877-3259
cortina@adelphi.edu


Document History

  • Last Reviewed Date: 2014
  • Last Revised Date: September 2017
  • Policy Origination Date: Unknown        

Who Approved This Policy

Office of the Provost

 
 
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