The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
An Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for the assessment and oversight of the institution’s animal program components and facilities, as described by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. The IACUC functions to provide oversight that includes review and approval of proposed animal use (IACUC protocol review) and of proposed significant changes to animal use; regular inspection of facilities and animal use areas; regular review of the Program; ongoing assessment of animal care and use; and establishment of a mechanism for receipt and review of concerns involving the care and use of animals at the institution.
How do I get IACUC approval?
First, determine whether your project involves with laboratory animals, field study with disturbance, or specific invertebrates (as defined below).
- Laboratory animals: Any vertebrate animal (e.g., traditional laboratory animals, agricultural animals, wildlife, and some aquatic species) produced for or used in research, testing, or teaching. An Animal Protocol is required if an animal is purchased or euthanized for the sole purpose of obtaining tissues. Review and approval of work with pre-hatched chicken eggs and zebrafish embryos is not required.
- Observational Activities Involving No Contact with or Disturbance of Covered Species: IACUC requires the review and approval of observational activities that involve contact or disturbing a covered species. As defined by the IACUC, disturbing is any activity that materially alters the behavior of the animal. Review and approval of observational activities that do not involve contact or disturbing covered animals is not required.
- Invertebrate animals that require IACUC approval: all cephalopods. Invertebrate animals that DO NOT require IACUC approval include, but are not limited to; snails, nematodes, flies, and other insects.