ANIMAL CONCERN HOTLINE: (734) 763-8028 OR ACUOFFICE@UMICH.EDU
The University of Michigan is strongly committed to the humane care and use of animals in research, testing, and teaching. Any member of the faculty, staff, or public having reason to question the treatment of animals at U-M should report any suspected cases of animal abuse, misuses, or mistreatment.
U-M will not tolerate any misuse or neglect of animals.
To Report a Concern
Anonymous concerns* may be submitted using the submission form below. If you have an animal that requires immediate attention, please use the contact information located on the right sidebar to request veterinary care.
Reports can also be submitted to any of the following:
|Animal Concern Hotline||(734) email@example.com|
|U-M Attending Veterinarian||(734) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chair, Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee||(734) email@example.com|
|Institutional Official, U-M Office of Research||(734) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|U-M Compliance Hotline||(800) email@example.com|
Acting on behalf of the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC), all reports are investigated by the Animal Care & Use Office and, if necessary, by a Veterinary Faculty Member from the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM).
When a concern is reported, immediate steps are taken to ensure that the animal care and use in question is appropriate and that the highest animal welfare standards are maintained at all times. The IACUC is apprised of all investigations and their outcomes, and may make additional recommendations as the situation warrants.
Actions taken to minimize occurrences of non-compliance are based on:
- The seriousness of the incident and/or
- The number of incidents that occur on all protocols under the direction of the Principal Investigator
The cornerstone of U-M’s Policy on Investigating Non-Compliance and Animal Welfare Concerns is a three-step corrective action escalation process pertaining to the investigation, and confirmation of, non-compliance and animal welfare concerns reported within the U-M community. This process has been summarized in the IACUC Policy on Non-Compliance Information Sheet.
* Anonymous reports are acceptable, and all are investigated. The identity of anyone making an anonymous report will be held in strict confidence. Federal laws prohibit discrimination or reprisal for reporting violations of standards and regulations promulgated under the Animal Welfare Act.