Animal Research Facilities
The animal care and use program at Florida Atlantic University is centralized and consists of the IACUC, the Research Community, Comparative Medicine and administrative support units. Comparative Medicine is directed by a full time veterinarian, trained in laboratory animal medicine and board certified by the American College for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM).
FAU’s Attending Veterinarian (AV) is supported by a Clinical Veterinarian and Training Coordinator to fulfill the federal mandate of training all personnel participating in handling, care and experimentation involving animal models. In addition, the animal care program employs an Animal Care Supervisor and several Animal Care Technicians who are certified by AALAS and take care of the daily operations in the different facilities.
Health assessment is performed and documented for all animals, 7 days per week. A comprehensive rodent health surveillance program for monitoring pathogenic agents and animal well-being is in place for the animal care program. FAU has an Animal Welfare Assurance on file with NIH-OLAW, (Assurance Number A3883-01). The FAU Animal Care and Use Program fully complies with the
Animal Welfare Act,
Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
(The Guide), the
Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy)
and all state as well as local regulations.