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UW Policy Statement on Animal Research

The University of Wyoming (University) recognizes that scientific and medical knowledge developed through animal research has alleviated pain, improved human and animal health, and has saved countless lives.  The University supports the use of animals in research, education, and testing, in the interests of human health and animal welfare.  The University of Wyoming insists on humane and ethical treatment of any animals used in research, education, and testing.

The University of Wyoming recognizes its responsibilities to ensure that animals are not used needlessly and are spared unnecessary pain and distress.  To this end, the University of Wyoming adheres to all applicable federal, state, local, and institutional laws or guidelines governing animal research.  The University of Wyoming places a high priority on "The Three Rs"-refinement, reduction, and replacement, and is committed to supporting the development of techniques that:

  • Refine procedures to ensure the best care and comfort

  • Reduce the number of laboratory animals used; and

  • Replace animals with other models, when scientifically possible.

The University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee provides supervision, coordination, and review of every project proposed to include the use of animals. This Committee includes scientists, non-scientists, veterinarians, and members of the public to encourage representation of diverse viewpoints. This Committee has the responsibility to approve, to require modification of, or to prohibit a project's use of vertebrate animals. Well-established procedures are used for reviewing and monitoring animal research, education, and testing projects conducted at the University. Project proposals are scrutinized carefully by the review Committee and by a veterinary staff member specialized in laboratory animal medicine to ensure that humane use guidelines are followed and that animals receive professional veterinary medical care.

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