It is the policy of Case Western Reserve University to meet or exceed the highest quality standards for the humane treatment of animals in research as governed by federal and state protocols and international accrediting agencies.
The University does not use animals in its medical student education nor does it use class B animals in its research endeavors.
Case Western Reserve expects its researchers to conduct their investigations involving animals with the utmost compassion and dignity. The University closely regulates studies to minimize the number of animals involved and insists its scientists utilize alternative methods-such as simulation and computer modeling, whenever feasible.
Research is essential to developing therapies for human and animal health and welfare. Advances around the world that have resulted from animal models include the treatments for rabies and smallpox and the discovery of penicillin and other modern antibiotics. Other benefits have been in the care of diabetes; the prevention of whooping cough, rubella and measles; and the introduction of cancer chemotherapy.
Current research involving animals is enabling progress toward fighting cancer and virus- and bacteria-based infections and the treatment of AIDS, neurodegenerative disorders, cancer, heart disease and hypertension, kidney ailments and respiratory problems.
In addition to rigorous review by the University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which includes staff scientists, area veterinarians and private citizens among its members, Case Western Reserve meets or exceeds the requirements of the following agencies:
- Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act
- Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
- Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International
The University's IACUC reviews all proposals with animal studies to be carried out at Case Western Reserve. The committee approves, disapproves or requires modifications before research can begin; regularly inspects the University's animal facilities and laboratories; and is authorized to suspend activity that does not meet standards.
Case Western Reserve is also committed to protecting and preserving the rights of individuals who use animal models in their research.