The use of experimental animals is an essential component in the research of many Bioengineering graduate students. UCSD has excellent animal care facilities and professional veterinary staff. The facilities and animal care programs are regularly inspected by the USDA, and all the facilities are fully accredited by the American Association for the Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.
All research and teaching at UCSD involving live vertebrate animals must be conducted under an Animal Care and Use Protocol approved by the UCSD Animal Subjects Committee, which consists of veterinarians, scientists and lay people. The committee and the review process follow guidelines published by the National Institutes of Health.
Students and personnel who participate in any capacity in animal research at UCSD must first be approved by the Animal Subjects Committee. A copy of the personnel form that must be completed by each participant is attached. Note that one such form must be submitted for every protocol and each species that you will be involved with.
As shown on the protocol form, all investigators named on a protocol (including students) must be properly trained for all the procedures they will conduct. You should also have a current copy of the protocol and a copy of the NIH Guide to the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, which will be given to you by the principal investigator of the protocol. Any changes to the procedures described in the protocol have to be approved in advance by the Animal Subjects Committee.
You will also see that students involved in animal research have the option of enrolling in the Occupational Health Program at UCSD. If your research involves certain species such as sheep or goats, participation may be mandatory. If you have any health, training or ethical concerns regarding the use of animals in your research do not hesitate to discuss them with a faculty member.