In the last post I introduced the concept that the use of animals for research purposes in the US is a highly regulated activity involving both Federal law (the Animal Welfare Act; AWA) and Federal regulation (the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture; APHIS/USDA). I also introduced the concept of the local research institution’s responsibility to convene an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the AWA mandated inclusion of a veterinarian and a member of the public. This post will focus on some of the duties of the IACUC.
[Update 8/11/08: Isis the Scientist on the ongoing process of animal-use oversight]

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