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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