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IACUC Process

In order to use vertebrate animals in research or teaching, an animal protocol must be completed and reviewed by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). No ordering or use of animals may begin prior to receiving written approval of the IACUC.

Submit a protocol

Protocol forms are linked on the right side of this page. Investigators are encouraged to contact the IACUC Veterinarian for questions regarding protocol design or research procedures.

Protocol forms are submitted electronically to the IACUC Coordinator. The protocol form(s) must be in MS Word format and the signature page must be in PDF format.

Review timeline

Refer to the IACUC submission calendar for deadlines. Animal protocols are reviewed on an annual basis and undergo a de novo review every three years.

Outcomes of review

Once a protocol is reviewed at a convened meeting, the Investigator receives a determination letter with one of three outcomes:

Approved

Animal work may begin. Only procedures in the approved protocol may be conducted; an addendum must be submitted for review if any changes are made (including increase in animal numbers). Please mark annual review and de novo submission dates on your calendar to avoid any lapse in approval. Note: no research procedures may be conducted during a lapse of IACUC approval, and federal funds may not be used for housing per diems during this time.

Modifications needed to secure approval

Aditional modifications, justifications, or clarifications are required before final approval may be granted. This information will require review by either IACUC office staff or IACUC reviewers as specified in the meeting. A final approval letter will be sent once the modifications have been reviewed and approved.

Withhold Approval

Significant information is missing or federally mandated review criteria have not been met. Reasons for withheld approval will be provided and all modifications will go back to a fully convened meeting prior to approval.