University of Vermont

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee - IACUC


Addition of Commercial Farms

  • When a UVM faculty member contracts or arranges to utilize animals on a commercial farm for purposes of research or teaching, the IACUC must determine that the specific farm is committed to providing a high standard of animal welfare.

  • Commercial farm operators are encouraged to follow best management practices.

  • Prior to the submission of the Animal Use protocol to the IACUC, the farm owner or manager must complete a farm assessment checklist such as the National Milk Producers’ Federation (NMPF) FARM program or other and provide a copy of the assessment checklist to the Principal Investigator.

  • The completed farm assessment must accompany the IACUC protocol submission.

  • Based on the level of invasiveness of the planned research and the completed farm assessment, the IACUC will evaluate the suitability of the collaborator farm, determine whether a farm inspection is warranted and, if so, whether that inspection will be carried out by IACUC members or by Committee designees. 

  • Responsibilities of each party are further described in the Policy and Procedures for Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching.


Forms Needed

Request to Add a Commercial Farm for Purposes of Research or Teaching (if applicable)

Last modified June 06 2013 10:23 AM

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