Animal Care and Use

At the UP NSRI all researchers and students who use laboratory animals in their experiments are required to comply with the UP Diliman Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) requirements. They are likewise required to attend the Laboratory Animal Care and Use Seminar during the Safety Seminar conducted twice a year by the Institute before doing any experiment.


The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at UP Diliman is the institutional committee charged with reviewing and approving all protocols used on live animals for teaching and research including inspection of facilities. The IACUC’s activities are mandated by the Animal Welfare Act of the Department of Agriculture. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development provides the administrative support required to assist the Committee’s work to review, approve, and administer
those activities.

Personnel Qualifications and Training

The project leaders, advisers and teachers are responsible for the qualification and training of their students, researchers and technical personnel to ensure that they and the animals are not harmed.

Animal Rooms/Facilities

The design of the building/room should include appropriate lighting, ventilation and temperature. It must also take into consideration the caging density of animals, location and structural components of the building/room.

Animal Husbandry

Attention must be paid to food, water, bedding, sanitation, waste disposal, pest control as well as the physical and social environment of the animals. Monitoring of animals should be done daily to include weekends and holidays.