This policy emphasizes the responsibilities of investigators, Teachers and institutions using animals to:
Ensure that the use of animals is justified, taking into consideration the scientific or educational benefits and the potential effects on the welfare of the animals;
Ensure that the welfare of animals is always considered;
Promote the development and use techniques which replace animal use in scientific and teaching activities wherever
possible. The policy specifies that techniques that totally or partially replace the use of animals for scientific purposes should be sought and used wherever possible;
Minimise the number of animals used in projects; and
Avoid pain or distress for each animal used in scientific and teaching activities.
The policy shall outline:
Ethical principles that govern Animal care in research, teaching and testing;
- Expectations pertaining to Animal care and Animal ethics; and
- Consequences of non-compliance with the policy.
This policy shall apply to all research, teaching, and testing involving Animals in the Ahmadu Bello University: