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Mission Statement

The Idaho State University Animal Care Facility believes in the moral, scientific and legal obligation for humane care and use of laboratory animals by providing the highest standards of animal care, welfare, service, and support through education, diligence and co-operative involvement to advance education, medical and biomedical research for the benefit of all.

Vision Statement

We work with educators and researchers by providing healthy animals, prompt customer service, and support.

Values and Goals

Highest Standards of Animal Care and Welfare

  • To provide a clean, disease-free environment in which the physical, social and psychological needs of the animal are met and exceeded.
  • Consider the care of animals on an individual basis to optimize their health and welfare.
  • Improve animal care standards through assessment and revision, utilizing open dialogue and education to inspire similar goals in others.

Customer Service

  • Provide open lines of communication with the Investigator and Assistants to resolve issues.
  • Promptly respond to the needs of the investigator and educator.
  • Service with a positive attitude and smile.

Support for quality academic and research environment

  • Provide highly skilled and knowledgeable staff to assist investigators in their endeavors.
  • Provide assistance to investigators in balancing the parameter of their research with the Guide for Animal Care and Use and Animal Welfare Act.
  • Work in co-ordination with investigators, to create a research environment that promotes animal welfare.

Animal Facilities Manager (AFM)

The AFM is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Animal Care Facility and its staff. The AFM is the person to contact with questions or concerns about animal care operations, gaining access to the facility, requesting assistance in obtaining proper veterinary care, etc.

Contact the Animal Facilities Manager at or 208-282-3895.

Related Links

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)
USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service
Animal Welfare Information Center
Association for Assessment and Accrediation of Laboratory Animal Care
Foundation for Biomedical Research Home Page
Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research
Scientist Center for Animal Welfare
American Veterinary Medical Association
AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia
National Academies: Recognizing and Alleviating Pain in Animals


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