Boise State University has determined any activity involving animals for research, testing and training, is subject to the authority of the PHS Animal Welfare Assurance and the Federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and its amendments 7 U.S.C. 2131, et seq.
Boise State University also accepts obligations and standards that apply to academic and research institutions that are enforced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through on-site inspections to ensure proper animal care and use. The PHS Policy also requires institutions to follow the recommendations of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (GUIDE).
Boise State University is responsible for the review of all activities involving animal use and the procurement, handling, and care of animals used of research, training, or testing if:
- the research, training, and testing is conducted under the auspices of the university, no matter of funding sources, or
- the research, training, and testing is conducted under the direction of any faculty, student, staff, or agent of the university in connection with his/her university responsibilities, or
- the research, training, and testing is conducted under the direction of any faculty, student, staff, or agent of the university using any property or facility of the university.
Institutional Principles for the Utilization and Care of Laboratory Animals
Boise State University concurs with the U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals used in testing, research and training. The University adopts and ensures that the following principles are adhered to:
- The transportation, care, and use of animals shall be in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and other applicable laws, guidelines, and policies.
- Procedures involving animals should be designed and performed with due consideration of their relevance to human or animal health, the advancement of knowledge, or the good of society.
- The animals selected for a procedure should be of an appropriate species and quality and the minimum number required to obtain valid results. Methods such as mathematical models, computer simulation, and in vitro biological systems should be considered.
- Proper use of animals, including the avoidance or minimization of discomfort, distress, and pain when consistent with sound scientific practices, is imperative. Unless the contrary is established, investigators should consider that procedures that cause pain or distress in human beings may cause pain or distress in other animals.
- Procedures with animals that may cause more than momentary or slight pain or distress should be performed with appropriate sedation, analgesia, or anesthesia. Surgical or other painful procedures should not be performed on unanesthetized animals paralyzed by chemical agents.
- Animals that would otherwise suffer severe or chronic pain or distress that cannot be relieved should be painlessly euthanized at the end of the procedure or, if appropriate, during the procedure.
- The living conditions of animals should be appropriate for the species and contribute to their health and comfort. Normally, the housing, feeding, and care of all animals used for biomedical purposed must be directed by a veterinarian or other scientist trained and experienced in the proper care, handling, and use of the species being maintained or studied. In any case, veterinary care shall be provided as indicated.
- Investigators and other personnel shall be appropriately qualified and experienced for conducting procedures on living animals. Adequate arrangements shall be made for their in-service training, including the proper and humane care and use of laboratory animals.
- Where exceptions are required in relation to the provision of these Principles, the decisions should not rest with the investigators directly concerned but should be made, with due regard to Principle II, by an appropriate review group such as an institutional animal care and use committee. Such exceptions should not be made solely for the purposed of teaching or demonstration.
The responsibility for compliance with federal, state or University regulations concerning activities involving the care and use of animals rests with the President of Boise State University. The President has delegated this authority to the Vice President for Research as the Institutional Official (IO).
Vice President for Research
The Vice President for Research is the authorized Institutional Official (IO), delegated by the President, for animal research, training, testing, use and care.
The Vice President for Research shall:(a) ensure compliance with all applicable laws and policies; (b) appoint an institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) with appropriate administrative support; (c) develop administrative procedures necessary to implement the Boise State Institutional Animal Care and Use Program Guide; (d) with consultation from the IACUC Chairperson and the Coordinator for Research Compliance will annually review the composition of the IACUC membership to ensure efficiency and a balance of interests in regard to animal research; (e) perform all necessary reporting requirements; (f) report to the appropriate officials any noncompliance with laws and policies, as well as, any corrective or remedial action taken; (g) give proper administrative and operational authority to commit institutional resources to ensure compliance with the PHS Policy and other requirements; (h) ensure that all personnel involved in animal care, treatment, and use are qualified to perform duties, and that training and instruction in specific areas are provided to those personnel; (i) review qualifications of personnel to ensure they can fulfill their responsibilities; and (j) ensure that the University maintains records for the specific time period as required.