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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The Animal Care and Use Program serves a vital function in the research and teaching conducted at Rutgers University by ensuring that all research programs and teaching meet the highest standards of science, safety, service, and humane care. All animals used in institutionally approved activities will receive appropriate care and use according to Public Health Service Policy, recommendations and guidelines contained in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PDF), and applicable provisions of the Animal Welfare Act. Veterinary care including provision for emergency, weekend and holiday care is provided according to currently accepted professional standards. The program of veterinary care is directed by a full-time veterinarian who is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.

Rutgers University is an AAALACi accredited institution.

eIACUC is accessible at

Rutgers University IACUCs

  1. New Brunswick/Piscataway/Camden IACUC
  2. Newark IACUC

Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns

Rutgers University 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. 

If you feel comfortable, you are encouraged to first speak directly to the people involved in the research (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 research, it is still appropriate to pursue the question within the University.

You can report your concerns to the individuals or the hotline below, confidentially (i.e., your name will be known, but will be kept in confidence) or anonymously (i.e., no one will know who you are, including the University. This may, however, mean that it will not be possible for the University to respond to you). You should note that various laws and University policies protect you from retribution by others for reporting such concerns.

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

Anonymous reports are accepted – please provide enough 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                                       

             IACUC Office: 848-932-4012

             RBHS Office of Ethics, Compliance and Corporate Integrity: 973-972-8093

Rutgers Compliance Hotline (anonymous reporting): 1-833-783-8442 or