Office of Responsible Research Practices
The Ohio State University


A variety of research activities at The Ohio State University involve animals. The goals of these activities include improving the health care for animal species used as pets, evaluating new drug therapies, and understanding the mechanisms of diseases that afflict humans and animals. Extensive effort is made to provide excellent care for animals used in research, to gain the maximum amount of information from every animal used, and to minimize procedures that have potential for discomfort, distress, or pain.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees the responsible use of animals in university research and instructional activities. The IACUC reviews protocols, reviews the animal care and use program, and monitors University animal facilities to ensure compliance with standards and regulatory requirements.

The Ohio State University Animal Care and Use Program is accredited by AAALAC International.

All research activities must conform to the statutes of the Animal Welfare Act and the guidelines of the Public Health Service as issued in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (revised 1996). This site provides information to help investigators at The Ohio State University comply with all legal requirements and provides documents and links to information that can help improve the quality of research involving animals.