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Presidential Orders


Executive Order


No. 53



Use of Experimental Animals


The University of Washington assumes responsibility for the humane treatment of animals used in research, teaching, and other activities. The institution is guided by laws and regulations set forth by the federal government. Compliance with these regulations is expected of the various University units involved in the use of animals. To assist in such compliance and to assure humane treatment of animals, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), appointed by the Executive Director for Health Sciences Administration, periodically inspects the animal facilities of the University, evaluates the care of animals in the context of the regulations, and reports to the Executive Director for Health Sciences Administration on an semiannual basis.

December 4, 1975; October 6, 2000.


For related information, see:

  • Executive Order No. 8, "Classified, Proprietary, and Restricted Research"
  • Executive Order No. 26, "Internal Support of Graduate Study and Research"
  • Executive Order No. 34, "Grant and Contract Support of University Activities"
  • Administrative Policy Statement 12.4, "Animal Use"