A variety of research activities at Harvard Medical School involve animals. Extensive effort is made to provide excellent care for animals used in research, and to minimize procedures that have potential for discomfort, distress or pain.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees the responsible use of animals in research and instructional activities. The IACUC reviews protocols, reviews the animal care and use program, and monitors the animal facilities to ensure compliance with standards and regulatory requirements.