Procedures for reporting concerns about the care and use of animals
University of Nevada, Reno | Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee Policy # UNR-2015-01
Policy Title: Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns and Incidents of Non-Compliance
The University of Nevada, Reno will immediately investigate any allegations of suspected misuse of animals or deficiencies regarding the care and use of research or teaching animals. An individual reporting a suspected deficiency need not identify themselves to make a report. If an individual chooses to identify oneself, the individual's identity will be kept in strictest confidence.
To make a report or discuss a concern or perceived problem, contact:
- The Chairperson of the University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Dean Burkin (775) 784-6288.
- The Campus Veterinarian, Dr. Benjamin Weigler may also be contacted at (775) 682-6570. The reported deficiency or problem situation will be promptly reported to the Chairperson of the University's IACUC.
- IACUC Staff may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (775) 682-6571. The reported deficiency or problem situation will be promptly reported to the Chairperson of the University's IACUC.
- The Vice President for Research and Innovation, Mridul Gautam, may also be contacted at (775) 327-2363. The reported deficiency or problem situation will subsequently be reported to the Chairperson of the University's IACUC and/or the Campus Veterinarian.
- In addition, you may report a concern via mail at 1664 North Virginia Street MS 0331, Attention: IACUC
The federal Animal Welfare Act requires that the University of Nevada Reno, as a registered research facility, ensures that all scientists, research technicians, animal technicians and other personnel involved in animal care, treatment, and use are qualified to perform their duties.
As part of this responsibility, the law states that the University of Nevada, Reno is required to instruct personnel on "Methods whereby deficiencies in animal care and treatment are reported, including deficiencies in animal care and treatment reported by any employee of the facility" (this would include all University employees and students). The law further states that "No facility employee, Committee member, or laboratory personnel shall be discriminated against or be subject to any reprisal for reporting violations of any regulation or standards under the Act."
The University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is charged with the responsibility of investigating complaints of misuse of animals used in instruction and research.
Last updated: September 2021