Brown University cited for animal research violations

Providence, R.I. – Brown University has received several citations from the United States Department of Agriculture for failing to follow proper research protocols with animal subjects.

The USDA investigation found that two animals were euthanized when an unapproved surgery didn't go as planned. In another violation, a university investigator left town without arranging for a colleague to care for a research animal. The animal went without water for 3 days.

Dave Sacks with the USDA says the agency is pleased with Brown's response so far.

"The facility responded in the proper way and we don't expect this problem to happen again," Sacks says.

In a written statement, Brown University said the school has taken corrective action to prevent future research errors from happening. USDA will conduct another inspection to determine whether it should conduct a full scale investigation.