All animal use in research and teaching conducted at Colorado State University is regulated by federal laws, regulations and policies. These include the USDA Animal Welfare Act and the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. USDA inspectors and an institutional Animal Care and Use Committee monitor compliance with these laws. The Animal Welfare Act defines how animals should be cared for in research and teaching facilities. Both the Animal Welfare Act and the PHS Policy require review of all research and teaching protocols by an Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC).
The ACUC is comprised of 11 members representing the veterinary sector, researchers, a member from a non-scientific background (for example, an ethicist or clergy member), and a public member not affiliated with the University. The ACUC reviews all research and teaching protocols to assure that humane practices are used in animal research and teaching. In addition, the CVMBS meets the stringent requirements of and is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.
Colorado State University has a long history of involvement in the development of laws, regulations and guidelines for the humane treatment of animals used for education and research. The University continues to be a trendsetter in promoting and improving the welfare of animals in research and teaching, as well as pet animals, agricultural animals, and animals used in entertainment.