Middlebury College is committed to providing humane treatment and care for all of its animals, and to compliance with the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act and other applicable federal and state regulations. In its animal programs, the College is guided by the policies and principles set forth in the "Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals," and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The College has appointed an institutional official to ensure that these commitments are carried out.
The body with primary responsibility for establishing animal care policies and overseeing work with live vertebrate animals at Middlebury College is the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC is a standing committee with the authority to review, approve, reject, or terminate any or all procedures and studies involving use of live vertebrate animals.
The IACUC is appointed annually by the president of the College. Faculty Council will make recommendations through the Office of Dean of the Faculty regarding faculty membership on the IACUC. The institutional official, in consultation with the Chair of the IACUC, will likewise make recommendations regarding staff and non-College membership. The term of appointment for all voting members of the IACUC shall begin on September 1, or as otherwise specified in the letter of appointment, and shall expire the following August 31.