Policies & Guidelines

Below are individual documents outlining the University of South Alabama’s policies, procedures, and guidelines associated with the care and use of animals.



University Biological Resources

The Department of Comparative Medicine provides professional veterinary and technical support to investigators using animals in biomedical research at the University of South Alabama. DCM is an AAALAC International-accredited program that oversees institutional compliance with animal welfare policies and standards. The department provides consultation and collaboration with research personnel to assist in protocol and project planning, model development, and rodent breeding colony management. Supported within the department are high-resolution, large and small animal ultrasound units, an aseptic surgery suite, a surgical skills laboratory, and a facility to evaluate the effects of hypoxia. A variety of diagnostic laboratory services are also available within the department.

Breeding Software Program: Conditional Allele Mouse Planner (CAMP)

Conditional Allele Mouse Planner (CAMP) is a software program to help scientists set up a breeding strategy and calculate the costs of generating mice with conditional alleles. The software was created at the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and published in Transgenic Res. ( https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21870117/ ) 2011 August 26 [Epub ahead of print]. To access the free application, go to https://hpcwebapps.cit.nih.gov/CAMP/.