Princeton University issued a report of non-compliance on July 1, 2021 to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare of the National Institutes of Health concerning a mouse involved in a research protocol. The mouse was found dead in its cage after post-surgical complications. In response, the University required laboratory staff to be retrained on post-operative care and veterinary procedures. Princeton’s Research Integrity and Assurance department will continue to monitor the laboratory for compliance.
The University is dedicated to providing humane care for animals in research and teaching. Animal research provides insights into a range of biological processes and diseases, and has the potential to inform the search for treatments for cancer, neurological disorders and many other conditions. Animals are used in research when no alternatives exist to address specific scientific questions.