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Research Type Descriptions

Field Research

Miami requires an animal use request for all field studies that involve collecting vertebrate animals or manipulating their habitat. Where applicable, collecting permits must be obtained and copies sent to animalcare@miamioh.edu. It is the responsibility of the researcher to know when permits are required and obtain them. If the "permit" is an assurance that Miami as an institution has adequate facilities or commits to any oversight, the researcher typically is not authorized to commit the institution. In such circumstances, the Miami Research Ethics and Integrity Office should be contacted (animalcare@miamioh.edu). The Animal Welfare Assurance and USDA Registration are current examples of institution-wide agreements.

 

Animal Facility/Lab based Research

An animal use request must be submitted to the IACUC for all laboratory research with vertebrate animals.

It is the policy of Miami University that the use of either live or deceased vertebrate animals for research purposes (in lab or field) is permitted when:

1. the researcher(s) judges that the questions addressed will be best achieved by such usage and
2. the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) determines that such usage is humane, proper, appropriate, and consistent with government principles and regulations for the utilization and care of vertebrate animals used in research. Only the minimum number of animals essential to the study should be used. Researchers are encouraged to use alternatives to animals whenever possible.

Procedures for applying to use animals:

Any researcher who intends to use vertebrate animals for research purposes must submit an Animal Use Application to the IACUC by email attachement to animalcare@miamioh.edu. If the researcher is a student, his/her mentor must also sign the protocol.

Not all research requires the same information to conduct an adequate review. Application forms have been created for:

  • Research or teaching involving momentary restraint or observation of live vertabrates.
  • Research or teaching using animal carcasses/tissues that have been obtained from an approved source.

Protocol approval is for a three year period; annual updates are requested by the IACUC.

The protocol must include information about the source from which animals are procured. In addition, the protocol must explain why animals are needed to achieve the goals of the study, and justify the species and the number of animals to be used. If the IACUC questions the species of animal chosen, the procurement process, the number of animals to be used or other related matters, such questions need to be resolved before the animals may be collected/ordered.

Live vertebrate animals must be cared for according to the University's policies and procedures governing the use of laboratory animals. Disposal of animal tissue must be in compliance with relevant health and safety regulations.

 

Teaching


It is the policy of Miami University that the use of either live or deceased vertebrate animals for solely instructional purposes (in lab or field) is permitted when:

the cognizant instructor(s) judges that the educational goals of the program or course will be best achieved by such usage and when
the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) determines that such usage is humane, proper, and appropriate, consistent with government principles and regulations for the utilization and care of vertebrate animals used in teaching and research. Only the minimum number of animals essential to instructional objectives should be used. Instructors are encouraged to use alternatives to animals whenever possible.


PROCEDURES FOR USE OF ANIMALS
Any faculty member who intends to use vertebrate animals for teaching purposes must submit an Animal Use Protocol signed by the department chairperson to the IACUC via OARS. Reuse of previously approved preserved material requires no approval. Protocol approval is for a three-year period; annual updates are required by the IACUC.

The protocol must include information about the source from which animals are procured. In addition, the protocol must explain why animals are needed to achieve the goals of the course and justify the species and the number of animals to be used. If the IACUC questions the species of animal chosen, the procurement process, the number of animals to be used or other related matters, such questions must be resolved before the animals may be ordered.

Live vertebrate animals must be cared for according to University policies and procedures governing the use of laboratory animals. Disposal of animal tissue must be in compliance with relevant health and safety regulations.

 

 



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