The Animal Care Program is a service unit within the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. The unit is headed by the Farm Manager, Clint Burgher, M.S. The program has 9 full-time support staff caring for animals in 25 buildings over some 150,000 sq. ft. of floor space. The buildings include barns, feed-storage areas, and the farm shop where machinery is stored and maintained. See Animal Units and Facilities for additional information on the organizational structure of animal care.
The program is registered with the United States Department of Agriculture and adheres to the regulations set forth in the USDA Animal Welfare Act. It also has an animal care and use assurance statement filed with the Public Health Services Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW). The Rutgers University Animal Care and Facilities Committee and the Vice President for Research provide internal regulatory oversight. In accord with the requirements of AAALAC and through the University Animal Care and Facilities Committee (ACFC), the program abides by the following regulations: the Animal Welfare Act, NIH-PHS Policy, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the Guide for the Care and Use of Animals Used in Agricultural Research and Teaching. In summary, these regulations require:
The Animal Care Program director and supervisory staff are also actively involved with assisting faculty and students with their research planning and as an information base for animal related needs through consultation and dissemination of knowledge and resources. The Animal Care supervisory staff are also actively involved with teaching the Animal Sciences practicum program offered through the Department of Animal Sciences. Students are assigned to work within the animal facilities along side the supervisory staff with an emphasis on 'hands-on' learning.
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