The use of animals in research is a highly regulated matter. Animals are used where certain ethical concerns obviate the use of human subjects, such as when critical physical states or death are induced or required for measurement of phenomena. This does not mean that there are no ethical concerns relating to animal care and use, however. The relevant ethics are discussed in the material on "Alternatives," linked to under "Resources" below and in other documents as well. Read through the "Alternatives" material, particularly on "Refinement," "Reduction," and "Replacement." Then take a tour through the Orientation Module section on "Alternatives."
Animal Care and Use is monitored by both the NIH and USDA, the latter having responsibility for physical inspection of animal facilities and of the mandated Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at CSULB. The last section is about the Forms and Procedures of the CSULB IACUC. You should visit the IACUC page and look through the forms and instructions there. Then take the Orientation Module Section on the IACUC.
To complete the Animal Care and Use Module of the Responsible Conduct in Research Program you should take the "Final Examination." Upon completion of the test you may have the results sent to the Office of University Research for authentication and any necessary clearances required by funding agencies.