Rutgers University Laboratory Animal Services and the Rutgers Animal Care Program is registered with the United States Department of Agriculture and adheres to the guidelines set forth in the Animal Welfare Act. The entire Rutgers Animal Care and Use Program has been accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care since 1993.
All researchers, teachers and students are required to follow the guidelines set forth in all Federal Regulations, including the Animal Welfare Act, The Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Principals for the Care and Use of Animals Used in Testing, Research and Education and The Health Research Extension act of 1985, state regulations and the Rutgers University Animal Welfare Policy.
An intensive review process is followed for each project proposal which requires the use of animals. This process, called Protocol Review, is administered through the Rutgers University Animal Care and Facilities Committee. No animal research can be conducted unless approved by the committee.
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey is one of the largest educational institutions in the United States, with three campuses, 29 degree-granting schools and 48,000 students. As New Jersey's land-grant institution and home to a host of centers, bureaus and institutes, Rutgers is a premier academic and research university.
Laboratory Animal Services (LAS) is a service organization which supports Rutgers faculty who work with animals in their research, teaching and community outreach. Reporting to the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research Policy and Administration, LAS manages the AAALAC accredited animal care program for all Rutgers campuses.
Some of the ways that LAS provides service to the Rutgers research community inlcude: