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ACUC Mission Statement
Animal Care and Use Committee is committed to responsible oversight
of the use of vertebrate animals in research, testing and exhibition
in accordance with Public Health Service Policy. The Committee assures
that all use of animals at Florida State University is in compliance
with the Animal Welfare Act, the Public Health Service Policy on Humane
Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Guide for the Care and Use of
Laboratory Animals and all other applicable federal, state and local
regulations, policies and procedures.
committee is required by federal law and its composition is dictated
by the same laws, policies and regulations. The committee is appointed
by the President of the University and its members include University
scientists, University non-science faculty and staff, University attending
veterinarians and community representatives. It also includes several
ex-officio members for the purposes of guidance and consultation. The
ACUC reports to the Institutional Official, Dr. Gary K. Ostrander, Vice President for Research.
use of animals in research, teaching or other activities at Florida
State University must be reviewed and approved in advance by the ACUC.
The committee conducts in depth reviews of all proposals, assuring itself
that the research is not unnecessarily duplicative, that all personnel
are adequately trained and protected, that the work will be conducted
humanely and that alternatives to the use of animals are not available.
Other responsibilities include review of the animal care program every
six months, inspection of all animal facilities and support areas once
every six months as well as the review of all concerns regarding animal
care and use.
animals have been used in science to gain new knowledge about the biology
and behavior of living organisms and to ensure the safety and efficacy
of drugs and procedures that benefit both mankind and animals. Many
important strides have been made using animals, including vaccines and
drugs with which to treat life threatening diseases as well as knowledge
leading to the development of new surgical techniques permitting hundreds
of thousands to lead normal lives. Researchers are committed to searching
for ways to minimize the use of animals in research by adopting alternative
methods when available and the ACUC serves as a resource to all in providing
guidance to plan and conduct animal research using the highest scientific,
humane and ethical principles.