Institutional Animal Care and Use

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 the 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, as detailed in the PHS policy. All animal care and use will follow the National Institutes of Health Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. In situations where the regulations enforcing the Animal Welfare Act are specific and more restrictive than the PHS policy, these regulations will take precedence.