Rush University Medical Center is committed to excellence in patient care, education and research. In its commitment to excellence in these areas, the institution acknowledges the need for continued use of animals in teaching, research and testing, and the undeniable link of animal research to the advancement of biological and medical knowledge. Information and experience that are gained through the use of animals has improved, and will continue to improve, the quality and length of human and animal life.
Rush is committed to the judicious and humane care and use of animals in teaching, research and testing. The use of animals at Rush is a privilege granted through the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), with moral, scientific and legal obligations for humane care and treatment of the animals.
Rush will comply with all applicable provisions of the Animal Welfare Act, other federal statutes and regulations relating to animals and any state statutes and regulations related to animals. As the institution receives federal funding and has an approved "Assurance of Compliance with Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals," all persons will strictly adhere to the provisions of the PHS policy and the Rush PHS assurance. As the PHS policy covers all vertebrate animals, the institution's policies and procedures will apply to all vertebrate animal use, regardless of the funding source. Rush is also guided by the "U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Teaching," detailed in the PHS policy. All animal care and use will follow the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide). In situations where the regulations enforcing the Animal Welfare Act are specific and more restrictive than the PHS policy, these regulations will take precedence over the PHS policy.
Comparative Research Center (CRC) Core is located in state-of-the art facilities in the RUMC, Cohn Building and occupies approximately 23,000 net square feet. The CRC is responsible for implementing the Rush Animal Care and Use Program and managing animal care facilities in accordance with the Guide. The Center's functions include procurement, care and maintenance of all animals used in research, teaching and testing, and the provision of professional advice to research and teaching staff.
Periodic assessment of the effectiveness of the CRC is provided at multiple levels by numerous sources including, but not limited to: semiannual program review and inspection of the facility by the IACUC; annual performance reviews of CRC personnel; annual unannounced inspections by a USDA Veterinary Medical Officer; triennial site visits by the AAALAC International Council on Accreditation; and annual reporting to the USDA, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and AAALAC.