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Policies & Regulations - Humane Care of Animals

The University of Maine is committed to the ethical principles concerning the use of live vertebrate animals for research, teaching, or testing. These principles shall guide all persons associated with the University of Maine.

Vertebrate animals are sentient beings and may share in varying degrees many sensory, emotional, and cognitive responses with humankind. It is essential that we assume responsibility for their welfare and that animal use for research or teaching purposes be conducted in a humane, compassionate manner.

No research, teaching, or testing activities using live vertebrate animals shall be initiated until the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has approved a protocol for such use.

To justify the ethical costs of using live animals in research, teaching, or testing, there must be reasonable expectation that such usage will contribute to the advancement of knowledge which may eventually benefit humankind and/or animals.

The University of Maine accepts and incorporates into the policy and code of ethics:

  • The National Institutes of Health Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals,
  • National Research Council Guidelines, and
  • Applicable government regulations.

A copy of the University of Maine Policy and Procedures for the Humane Care and Use of Animals or the research application form may be obtained in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 207-581-1498.

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