Using Animals at the University

CABNR student working with cows

Research, teaching, and testing utilizing live vertebrate animals in the United States is regulated by numerous national, state, and local laws and standards, as well as institutional policies, to ensure species-appropriate methods of animal husbandry, veterinary care, procedural use, and the assurance of animal welfare. Regulations and ethical mandates place scientifically legitimate humane limitations on the types of research procedures which are appropriate for animals, as reviewed and approved by the University of Nevada, Reno IACUC.

For professional guidance on technical and species-appropriate methods for the care and use of vertebrate animals in teaching and research activities, please contact Animal Resources for a copy of the Investigator Handbook. The Handbook covers topics such as personnel issues, regulation of animal research, animal welfare considerations, and campus policies and procedures.