The mission of the Division of Animal Resources (DAR) is to provide professional animal support services to the faculty, staff and students at Marshall University.
The use of animals for teaching and research is a fundamental part of biology and medicine. Suitable animals are required for investigative and teaching purposes. Proper care and management of these animals is both a scientific necessity and a legal requirement.
Animals are sentient beings. This principle entails that the minimization of distress, pain and suffering is a moral imperative. Unless the contrary is established, investigators should consider that procedures that cause pain or distress in humans may cause pain or distress in other sentient animals. Animal use is a privilege granted to the scientific community by the public and its policy making institutions. Along with this privilege goes the ethical responsibility for their humane care and proper use. The University, the individual investigator and each staff member must share in this partnership of responsibility.
Compliance and Accreditation
Marshall University is registered as a Research Facility with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The animal facilities maintained by the DAR are inspected periodically by USDA/APHIS/REAC veterinary medical officers and have been found to be in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and USDA regulations.
The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), an NIH agency, has accepted Marshall University’s description of the animal care and use program as well as the animal welfare assurance statement. This assurance describes the commitment of this university to comply with the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and with the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” (NIH).
Accreditation of the Marshall University program for the care and use of animals by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International has been maintained since 1986. Site visits are conducted every 3 years.
All aspects of the Marshall University animal care and use program are reviewed semiannually by the University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). A letter summarizing the findings is sent to the Marshall University Institutional Official (Animal Welfare Act) who is appointed by the Marshall University President.
To learn more about this facility, please consult the Animal Resource Core Facility website.