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Animal Welfare Policy Statement

University Of South Alabama

The responsible use of animals is an essential part of the research, education and service missions of the University of South Alabama. It is the University community’s responsibility to insure that these animals are used and cared for in a humane way. If you observe, or are informed about, inhumane or inappropriate care or use of an animal at the University, you should report the problem to the University so that action can be taken. You may address your concerns to the following, depending on your preference:

  1. Dr. Diego Alvarez, MD,Ph.D., Chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
    460-6392. E-mail dalvarez@southalabama.edu

  2. Ms. Jennifer Chaplin, Research Compliance Coordinator, IACUC Office. 
    460-6863. E-mail jchaplin@southalabama.edu

  3. Ms. Dusty Layton, Director, Research Compliance Assurance.
    460-6625. E-mail dlayton@southalabama.edu

  4. Michele Schuler, DVM,Ph.D., Director, University Biological Resources.
    460-6239. E-mail mschuler@southalabama.edu After hours: 654-1102.

  5. Lynne U. Chronister, MPA, Vice President for Research and Economic Development. 
    460-6333. E-mail lchronister@southalabama.edu

Although it is preferred that those reporting problems identify themselves, it is not necessary. Anonymous reports will also be investigated.

Approved by the University of South Alabama Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, April 18, 2002

What you need to do to conduct animal research:

Before using vertebrate animals in research, teaching or testing at the University of South Alabama (USA), you must have an approved Protocol in IRBNet with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or be listed on an approved protocol. If you are working with recombinant DNA or bio-hazardous material in animals submit an IBC application simultaneously to minimize delays in the reviews.

Before you can work with animals at USA, you must:

  • Submit an IACUC protocol through IRBNet to the IACUC. For already approved protocols, add the person by submitting an amendment to your already approved IACUC protocol.
  • Complete the required training modules at CITI Program. Everyone needs to complete the “Working with the IACUC” module and depending on the species you work with “Working with ____”.
  • Complete the Euthanex/FISH/CD/ Methodology Training Record with the Department of Comparative Medicine.
  • Enroll in the Occupational Health Program.
  • Complete the Access Fob Form. The facility access form will not be approved by our Operations Manager unless the previous steps have been completed.