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Animal Subjects

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), recognizes the scientific and ethical responsibility for the humane care and use of animals involved in research and education and enjoins all individuals involved to the highest standards of animal care and consideration. UCSB has established an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which is qualified through the experience and expertise of its members to oversee the institution's animal care and use program, facilities, and procedures. The IACUC, as an agent for UCSB's commitment to the humane care and use of animals, shall:

  1. Assure all activities involving live vertebrate species meets the ethical and legal requirements for the humane care and use of animals as set forth by the PHS Policy, the Animal Welfare Act, federal, state, local, and UCSB laws, policies and guidelines.
  2. Maintain and promote an open and cooperative relationship with investigators and faculty, and the greater university community.
  3. Educate the UCSB community concerning the ethical and regulatory standards for the humane care of animals.

A description of our animal facilities and veterinary care program is available here, which is required in order to complete some of the questions on the Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS) of an NIH grant proposal.


AAALAC Accredited Unit Number 001414, Accreditation Date: 10/26/2011

USDA Registration Number: 93-R-0438

PHS Assurance Number: A3865-01

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