Rutgers shares, with the public at large, a concern for the ethical use of animals in research and is firmly committed to discovery that will lead to the treatment and cure of disease and physical injury. Only once it is determined that alternative methods such as cell culture and computer models cannot effectively be used, a conscious decision made to use laboratory animals in research as it is that both animals and humans are the ultimate beneficiaries. Comparative Medicine Resources works closely with the Rutgers Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) to provide the highest quality animal care and veterinary oversight of our research animals in support of this commitment to humane animal research.
COMPREHENSIVE ANIMAL CARE
We provide a comprehensive program of animal care including protocol review, a duly-constituted animal care committee, occupational health and laboratory safety, and full-time veterinary care.
- Animal research projects are supported by an institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC), a safety program under the direction of Rutgers Environmental and Health Safety (REHS), and a comprehensive program of occupational health for animal workers.
- Rutgers animal facilities are USDA-registered and accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Animal Care, International (AAALAC), an association widely recognized for its standards of excellence in laboratory animal care.
- As an accredited facility, Rutgers complies with all requirements of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Rutgers has an Animal Welfare Assurance with the US Public Health Service (PHS), a requirement for conducting any PHS/NIH-funded animal work.
- CMR is responsible for the daily operation of animal facilities. The Executive Director of CMR is a veterinarian who is a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM).