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HOUSTON The University of Houston is being cited by a government Inspector over its treatment of lab animals.

According to a USDA report, a rabbit died while undergoing anesthesia because of inadequate monitoring.

The university was also cited for withholding information about a study that deprived monkeys of water.

UH sent out the following statement Friday afternoon:

The University of Houston follows strict U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations regarding animal research. This requires that every protocol involving animal research is approved by the University of Houston Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.  This committee consist of 14 members appointed by the Vice President for Research, including two veterinarians,  11 scientists,  three non-scientists - of which one non-scientist is a non-affiliated member that represents the community. The primary function of the IACUC is to ensure compliance with all regulations, policies and standards established using animals in research.  The IACUC conducts inspections of all areas where animals are housed and used, reviews the institutional program for animal use, and reports its findings to the UH Institutional Official. Another responsibility of the IACUC is to assist students and staff in upholding the finest care and most humane use of our laboratory animals. The IACUC, therefore, shares with the investigator the responsibility for the ethical decisions made regarding the care and use of animals.

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