Many benefits for both humans and animals are derived from the ethical, humane use of laboratory animals for biomedical and behavioral research. The Animal Resource Center at USD helps make these benefits possible by:
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a federally mandated committee that is responsible for oversight and evaluation of the University of South Dakota's animal program, procedures and facilities to ensure that they are consistent with the recommendations in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Animal Welfare Regulations and the Public Heath Service Policy. The University of South Dakota IACUC mission is to assure that the institution is caring for and using animals in ways judged to be scientifically, technically and humanely appropriate, as well as to assist investigators in fulfilling their obligation to plan and conduct animal experiments in accord with the highest scientific, humane and ethical principles.
All research involving any animal (even simple field observation) must receive prior IACUC approval.