The use and care of animals in the Center is in accordance with the USDA Animal Welfare Act; PHS “Policy for the Humane Care and Use of Animals;” U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research and Training; the FDA good Laboratory Practices (where applicable) and the Animal Welfare Policies of the University. In order to ensure that these regulations and guidelines are followed and the Center is operated equitably and efficiently, certain restrictions and administrative requirements are necessary.

Compliance with the below stipulations will ensure continued LARC support:

Inhumane treatment of any animal will not be tolerated.
All animals will be properly handled at all times. Any person not familiar with the species involved in the experiment should first meet with the Supervisor to discuss proper handling techniques.
Personnel who are actually working with the animals must have training (education or experience) prior to performing experimental manipulations with the animals.
Personnel must complete the “Occupational Health and Safety” form and training form prior to utilizing the LARC.
Tetanus vaccinations are required for all personnel who handle animals.
The principal investigators are responsible for all experimental procedures conducted by members of the research team.
The thesis advisor is responsible for all experimental procedures conducted by their graduate students.
Only authorized personnel (support personnel) are allowed in the Center. Tours of the facility may be arranged after consulting with the Director or the Supervisor. No children under 12 years of age will be allowed in the Center.
All personnel will wear appropriate protective clothing while in the animal and experimental rooms. LARC lab coats are available for use while in the facility.
All experimental work (except those of a hazardous nature) involving manipulations of animals (dosing, drawing blood, necropsy) should be conducted in areas other than the animal rooms. Tables can be set up as necessary and a treatment room is provided for this purpose. Investigators are encouraged to maintain the treatment room is scheduled.

“All University research involving human subjects, use of animals, radiation or radiological materials, or biohazardous materials must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate University committee(s) before the research is started. Graduate students are, with the assistance of their advisers, responsible for obtaining the necessary approval for their research. Verification of approval must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies Office before the student’s master’s Program of Study or doctoral Application for Candidacy can be approved. For further information, contact the School of Graduate Studies Office or the Office of the Vice President for Research.”
Utah State University General Catalog 1998-2000, p. 63.

In experiments involving hazardous materials, the principal investigators may, under certain conditions, provide their own animal care. However, the caretakers will be subject to the same regulations as the LARC personnel and monitored by the LARC Supervisor. All animal caretakers must have training & thorough education responsibilities.

Acceptable animal husbandry and sanitation practices as outlined in the Center’s Standard Operating Procedures manual will be followed at all times.
Appropriate anesthetics, analgesics, or tranquilizers as determined by the staff veterinarian must be used to relieve all unnecessary pain and distress to animals unless approval has been obtained in writing from the IACUC. (Copies listing the appropriate anesthetics, analgesics, and tranquilizers for various laboratory animals are available in the LARC office.
Access to the Center will be through the north door only. The west upstairs door is for emergency use and the loading dock is for receiving only.
Cameras are not allowed in the facility without prior approval.
Support equipment (i.e. scales, restrainers, etc.) is for use by all personnel utilizing the LARC. Please do not remove any equipment from the facility.
There will be no eating or drinking in the animal or experimental rooms. Smoking is not allowed in any area of the building.
All accidents or injuries occurring within the Center are to be promptly reported to the Supervisor.
Animal carcasses should be stored in the designated freezer in the LARC.
All requests for utilizing the Center or its services require one week minimum notice.
No animals will be ordered until all forms have been filled out properly and approved.
The LARC is not responsible for delays in arrival of animals that may be encountered during shipping or supplier error
Investigators will be charged for all animals they order that arrive at the facility unless the animals arrive ill, moribund or dead.

Non-compliance with the above stipulations may result in suspension of the privilege of using the Center or its equipment.