The charge of an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee as mandated by NIH's Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and the USDA is to ensure the humane care and use of animals used in research and compliance with guidelines and regulations.
In compliance with federal law, an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has been established the New Orleans Campuses and the Tulane National Primate Research Center are composed of Tulane University faculty and staff and of individuals from the community who are not affiliated with the University.
Guided by the goal of assuring humane care and use of animals used in research, Committees ensure that a minimum number of animals are used to obtain valid data and that appropriate procedures are used to reduce pain and distress in animals. An IACUC encourages the use of alternative methods such as computer models and in vitro procedures or the use of other life forms to obtain the same quality of data as that obtainable with the use of a living animal.
Tulane University IACUC provides assistance to investigators with the planning and conducting of animal experiments in accordance with the highest scientific, humane and ethical principles.