Animal Use, Handling and Care

Towards the use of Vertebrate Animals in research at NJIT requires registration, review and approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at Rutgers University-Newark. The IACUC review and approval is required to ensure compliance with all regulations, policies and standards that protect animal welfare. The amended Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations contained in 9 CFR Part 2, Subpart 2C, Section 2.37 (see Exhibit 1) require each Federal research facility that uses animals to establish an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Locations that receive extramural funds from the Public Health Service (PHS) for studies that use animals in biomedical research and testing require an IACUC.

All persons working with experimental animals must receive training regarding procedures and equipment to ensure their safety and that of the animals. Training must occur prior to the handling of animals. The principal investigator/professor is responsible for ensuring that personnel working on the project are aware of any risks to health and safety and that proper precautions are in place to reduce or eliminate the risks.

Policies and programs required under Federal/State Occupational Health and Safety laws and regulations are implemented by members of NJIT. Such programs must support a safe working environment in our animal facilities.

Please review the NJIT Animal Handling and Care Procedure manual from the link provided below. The purpose of this manual is to present information on working safely with animals in the course of research, teaching or testing at NJIT. This manual covers the following topics:

Understanding the ways common laboratory animal species react, or defend themselves, if a procedure causes pain, or they perceive their safety to be threatened

  • The pertinent aspects of safe handling and performance of manipulations
  • The procedure for reporting animal related injuries
  • Identify the proper waste disposal procedures in animal facilities
  • Definition of zoonosis, and examples of animal infections that can be transmitted to humans
  • Outline the levels of biohazard control, and methods used to minimize biohazard risks
  • The sources of animal allergy(ies)
  • The procedures necessary to minimize exposure to animal allergens


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Animal Research Regulations