Animal Subjects

Animal Care

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) supports the use of animals for research as an ethical and scientific necessity for the advancement of human and animal well-being, and the advancement of knowledge and understanding of living systems. UMass Amherst has an Animal Care and Use Program in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act, Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations, Subchapter A, “Animal Welfare”, Parts 1-3,USDA/APHIS Animal Care Policies, and the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals".

Animal Compliance

The UMass Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is charged with overseeing the use of vertebrate animals in teaching and research.  The IACUC reviews proposed projects using live vertebrate animals, inspects animal care facilities and study areas, submits reports to the Institutional Official (IO), and investigates concerns. The Institutional Official at UMass is the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement.

Concerns and complaints regarding animal care and use at UMass can be submitted through the IACUC office [(413) 545-0668] or the Institutional Official's Office [(413) 545-5270], or staff listed below. Complaints are preferably submitted in writing, and signed by the person filing the complaint.  However, anonymously-reported concerns and complaints are also investigated.  Persons filing a complaint are protected from reprisals by MA “Whistle-blower” statues.

UMass Amherst is registered as a research facility (#14-R-0036) with the United States Department of Agriculture and has an approved Animal Welfare Assurance (#A3551-01) on file with the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)