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Animal Care & Use Program

Duke animal program applications, forms, reports, or questions must be emailed to the Duke IACUC at the Email address: IACUC@DUKE.EDU

The Duke IACUC does not accept hard copies or faxed copies of the protocol applications, forms, or reports.

Documents sent from the PIs 'duke.edu' email address do not require a signature (the 'duke.edu' email address serves as an electronic signature).



Banner icons: provide a gateway to specific animal care or use program organizations:

DLAR = Division of Laboratory Animal Resources

IACUC = Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee

OAWA = Office of Animal Welfare Assurance



New at Duke?


Check out the page titled: So You Want to Use Animals at Duke University.  This is an outline of the process for filing an animal use application (protocol), with hot links to the appropriate personnel or information pages.



Reporting Animal Care Concerns


Notify the DLAR or DLC veterinarian of an injured, diseased, or distressed animal so that the animal may receive immediate and definitive care for the injury or disease:
   * For animals maintained at the Duke Lemur Center, Call (919) 619-3976 or (919) 812-1561
   * For animals maintained elsewhere on campus, call the DLAR veterinarians at (919) 970-9410.



Animal Welfare Hotline


If you suspect that animal abuse, misuse, or neglect has occurred at Duke, you have an ethical obligation to report your suspicion.  If you know about animal welfare concerns and do not report those concerns, then you become part of the problem - don't be part of the problem - report animal abuse, misuse, or neglect to:  IACUC@DUKE.EDU

Occasionally, unanticipated events occur during IACUC-approved animal use.  When observed, unanticipated events resulting in sub-optimal animal well-being, should be reported to the IACUC.  In fact, any adverse event involving animals should initiate a self-report, which after completed should be sent to:  IACUC@DUKE.EDU.  While phone calls are encouraged, you should use the form: Animal Welfare Concern / Adverse Event or Unanticipated Event Notification to make a documented report of all unanticipated adverse events.

As a special note, if you feel harassed, intimidated, or feel your personal safety is in jeopardy by anyone asking uncomfortable questions about animal care or use at Duke, please report the incident immediately by calling the Animal Welfare Hotline (919) 684-3535! Duke University does not tolerate such behavior and has several mechanisms to support and defend its staff and students from harassment or intimidation. Duke University will assist you with protecting your personal safety and assure a safe and healthy working environment. For more information visit the web page:  Animal Welfare Hotline



 The 4th R of Research:  Responsibility


Using animals in research is a privilege granted by society.  The privilege is accompanied by responsibility and an expectation that animal use will provide significant new knowledge or lead to improvement in human and/or animal well-being. Animal use mandates responsible and humane actions regarding animals engaged in research, testing, or teaching. The U.S. Government Principles for Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training direct the community to accept responsibility for the care and use of animals during all phases of the research, testing, or teaching.  For more information regarding our adherence to the 4 R's of Research (Reduction, Replacement,  Replacement, & Responsibility) and our ethical code of animal use, see 'Animal Use at Duke - A Overview.'

Questions? Please Email the Office of Animal Welfare Assurance.


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