This libguide is a resource for animal researchers who are submitting a protocol to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and who need to complete an alternatives search. More information can be found on the Cornell IACUC page here: htt
The Animal Welfare Actrequires that minimum standards of care and treatment be provided for certain animals bred for commercial sale, used in research, transported commercially, or exhibited to the public.
Researchers submitting an IACUC protocol that is classified at pain category D or E are required to do an alternatives search. This is one part of the IACUC protocol that ensures that pain and distress in animal research subjects are minimized.