Princeton University issued a report of non-compliance regarding a laboratory mouse to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare of the National Institutes of Health on July 26, 2019. The incident occurred during a weekend when an animal care technician discovered a mouse in poor health. The technician noted that the mouse had access to water but lacked food. After consultation with a staff veterinarian, the mouse was euthanized. In response to the incident, the animal care staff was retrained on animal care procedures and observations.
Princeton strives to provide humane care for the responsible use of animals in research and teaching. Animals are used in research when no alternatives exist to address specific scientific questions. Animal research provides insight 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.