Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns

Rutgers is committed to the humane care and use of all animals used for teaching and research. If you see or know of activities which you believe constitute inappropriate animal care or use, you are encouraged to report such activities. Inappropriate care and use may include inhumane treatment, neglect, unapproved procedures, etc. The Institutional Animal Care and Facilities Committee (IACUC) is required by the federal Animal Welfare Act to deal with such reports in a confidential manner and to investigate them fully. The Act further stipulates that, "No facility employee, Committee member, or laboratory personnel shall be subject to any reprisal for reporting violations of any regulation or standards under the Act."

If you believe an activity is inappropriate, speak directly to the people involved (supervisor, principal investigator, technician, etc.). Persons not familiar with animal research may misinterpret some procedures as causing pain or distress, when in fact that is not the case. If for any reason you do not wish to speak to the people involved with the activity, it is still appropriate to pursue the question within the University.

All reports remain confidential, and are thoroughly investigated regardless of method of reporting.

Anonymous reports are accepted - provide sufficient detail to allow adequate investigation of the allegations.


Concerns about animal care and use may
be reported to any of the following:

Email: ​

Phone: Comparative Medicine Resources Office: 848-445-4168                                       
             Comparative Medicine Resources Director: 848-445-7387
             IACUC Manager: 848-932-4012

The following hotline allows for anonymous reporting:

Rutgers Compliance Hotline: 1-800-215-9664;