Animal Care Policy


The University of Tulsa shall abide by the U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training (summarized below).

1. The transportation, care, and use of animals shall be in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act and other applicable Federal laws, guidelines, and policies.

2. Procedures involving animals shall be designed and performed with due consideration of their relevance to human or animal health, the advancement of knowledge, or the good of society.

3. The animals selected for a procedure shall be of an appropriate species and quality and the minimum number required to obtain valid results.

4. Proper use of animals, including the avoidance or minimization of discomfort, distress, and pain when consistent with sound scientific practices, shall be considered imperative. Unless the contrary is established, investigators shall consider that procedures that cause pain or distress in human beings may cause pain and distress in other animals.

5. Procedures with animals that may cause more than momentary or slight pain or distress shall be performed with appropriate sedation; analgesia, or anesthesia. Surgical or other painful procedures shall not be performed on un-anaesthetized animals paralyzed by chemical agents.

6. Animals that would otherwise suffer severe or chronic pain or distress that cannot be relieved shall be painlessly killed at the end of the procedure or, if appropriate, during the procedure.

7. The living conditions of animals shall be appropriate for their species and contribute to their health and comfort. The conditions shall be inspected at least twice yearly by a representative of the USDA and by a veterinarian retained by the University who shall also administer veterinary care of the animals as needed.

8. Investigators and other personnel shall be appropriately qualified and experienced for conducting procedures on living animals.

9. When animal research is performed under grants or contracts from outside agencies, the University will comply with the regulations of the agency.

10. Where exceptions are required in relation to the provisions of these Principles, the decisions shall not rest with the investigators directly concerned but shall be made, with due regard to Principle II, by an appropriate review group.

 See also "Welfare of Laboratory Animals".