Lyon College endorses and supports the responsible use of animals in research and teaching. Its Animal Care and Use policy is designed to ensure that animals are used in a humane, productive, and responsible fashion. Faculty, staff and students must comply with all applicable provisions of the USDA Animal Welfare Act and Regulations, federal, state, and local regulations relating to the use of vertebrate animals in research, training and teaching activities.
Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns
Any individual who has specific concerns that animals are not being used or treated in a humane and responsible manner by Lyon college faculty, staff, or students is encouraged to report such concerns to any member of the IACUC Program Staff (see below). The IACUC Chair, or other members of the IACUC appointed by the Chair, will investigate. If deficiencies are found, the IACUC will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure the safety and welfare of animals, and compliance with federal and state regulations and Lyon college policy on the care and use of animals in research, training and teaching activities.
Every effort will be made to protect the confidentiality, to the extent possible, of those reporting animal welfare concerns. Institutional members may not retaliate in any way against those reporting animal welfare concerns.
Contact IACUC Program Members
Institutional Official, Research Compliance
Melissa Taverner, Ph.D.
Lyon Business and Economics Building
IACUC Chair, Practicing Scientist
Maryline Jones, Ph.D.
Matt Gunter, DVM
Animal Medical Center
Allyn Dodd, Ph.D.
John Becker, Ph.D.
General Community Representative
Old Independence Regional Museum
Alphin Humanities Building
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