NMSU Policy Manual Ch. 5, Section 5.94.30
All use of vertebrate animals must be reviewed and approved in advance by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee to ensure the necessity of animal use and high standards of humane treatment. Animal research must be conducted by adequately trained persons using all necessary measures to prevent, minimize and alleviate pain and distress to an animal. Measures will be taken to ensure that no animals in the university's care will experience severe or unrelieved pain and/or distress. All university employees involved in animal use for teaching or research purposes must be certified by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and must complete the Occupational Health and Safety program for animal workers. Details of these requirements can be obtained from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Chair or the Director of Research Compliance. The office of record for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee activities is the Office of Research Compliance, which will comply with federal agency reporting requirements.