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Regulatory Information

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There are several levels of oversight of any research study involving animals.  At the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine, we pride ourselves in our stringent compliance to the regulations concerning research activities with animals.

AAALAC accreditation

Our research animal facilities have undergone stringent review and inspection in order to be AAALAC accredited. AAALAC is the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, a private nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals through a voluntary accreditation program. For more information on AAALAC, please see:

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

This group of University and community individuals reviews research and other activities involving animals to ensure they are justified by their benefits and minimize any pain or suffering. All CIC projects must obtain approval from IACUC for the following:

  • Any new research protocol, including studies involving client-owned animals
  • Consent forms used by studies with client-owned animals
  • Changes in a research protocol
  • Requests for additional animals

Please see: About the IACUC at the IACUC website for more information.

Federal and University regulations

Federal regulations and guidelines include those of the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and the United States Department of Agriculture. 

Further regulation is provided by the Regents Policies of the University of Minnesota and the definitions of Roles and Responsibilities.  For more information, see the IACUC page "Federal and University Regulations".


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