Why must animals be used for research studies and teaching?

For the studies and classes where live animals are used, the faculty requesting these uses explain that the whole organism must be used in order to study the interaction of different physiological processes in living systems.

Examples of fields of study where use of live animals is crucial include, but are not limited to, conservation research in field settings, neuroscience, behavior, immunology, and nutrition. In all cases, justification for the use of the animals must be provided in writing as part of an animal use protocol. Each protocol must be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) before the animal use begins.

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