Laws, policies, and ACUPs (animal care and use procedures) that govern the use of live vertebrate animals in research and in teaching are listed on this page.
Note about Cornell University Policy 1.4: Cornell University regards the use of animals in research, teaching, and testing to be an integral component of continued progress in science, education, and agriculture. The university expects all of its animal facilities and programs to maintain the highest standards of animal care and use, and to be operated in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines which can be found in University Policy 1.4.
The IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) has established policies and guidelines to guide the use of animals in research, testing, or teaching at Cornell.
Animal Welfare Concerns
- 100 IACUC Whistleblower Policy
- 110 Managing Reported Concerns Related to the Use of Animals in Research and Teaching
Education & Training
- 200 Education and Training for the Humane Care and Use of Animals in Research, Training, and Testing
- 300 Review and Approval of Applications (protocols, amendments, annual reviews) submitted to the IACUC
- 310 Process for Review and Approval of Protocols with Biohazardous Materials
- 320 Guidelines for Assigning Animals into USDA Pain and Distress Categories
- 330 Managing Exemptions from Standards of Care
- 340 Principal Investigator Eligibility for Protocols Involving the Use of Vertebrate Animals
- 350 Animal Work Conducted at Non-Cornell Organizations
- 360 Obtaining Custom Antibodies from Live Animals
- 400 IACUC Policy for Semi-Annual Inspections
- 410 Required Signage for Animal Facilities and Animal Procedure Areas
- 420 Review of Animal Facility Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
- 430 Tracking Animal Use Including Animal Transfers Between Protocols
Animal Care & Procedures
- 500 Primary Clinical Veterinary Care Performed by Non-CARE Veterinarians
- 510 Protocol Refinement or Modification Under CARE Veterinarian’s Oversight
- 520 Transportation of Animals
- 530 Exportation of Rodents to Other Institutions
- 550 Social Housing of Animals
Cornell University regards the use of animals in research, teaching, and testing to be an integral component of continued progress in science, education, and agriculture. The university expects all of its animal facilities and programs to maintain the highest standards of animal care and use, and to be operated in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines. For complete information, see Cornell Policy 1.4
These Animal Biosafety Procedures (ABPs) describe prudent practices, procedures, and equipment to reduce risk when performing various procedures at Animal Biosafety Level 2 (ABSL-2).
- ABP Carcinogens and Other Toxic Chemicals in Rodents
- ABP Human Cells in Rodents
- ABP Infectious Agents in Non-Rodents
- ABP Infectious Agents in Rodents
- ABP Use of Formaldehyde for Fixation of Whole Animals and Tissues
- ABP Viral Vectors in Rodents
There are several state and federal laws to be aware of that govern the use of animals in research and teaching.
- Animal Welfare Act Regulations (9 CFR, Chapter 1, Subchapter A) (2009)
- Health Research Extension Act of 1985, Public Law 99-158 (NIST)
- New York State Agriculture and Markets Acts
- New York State Conservation Law
- New York State Public Health Law (Article 5, Title 1, Section 504)
Federal Policies that Impact Animal Research and Teaching
Several federal policies also impact the use of live vertebrate animals in research and teaching.