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10. Animal Use Complaints

An overview of the process for reporting concerns about animal use or abuse is provided at the "Report an Animal Care Concern" section of the IACUC website.

Information signs, with contact information for reporting animal abuse or improper handling or care, are prominently posted in all animal housing facilities. The IACUC has established procedures for investigating and resolving complaints.

All persons making complaints regarding animal use, animal abuse or animal welfare concerns are protected by federal "whistleblower" statutes. Reports may be made anonymously but, because the person making the complaint is federally protected, the IACUC encourages anyone making a complaint to reveal their identity. Doing so greatly facilitates investigation of their complaint or concern and their identity will be protected within the IACUC, if they so request.