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Compliance - Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Contact Person:
Gayle Jones
5703 Alumni Hall, Rm 114
(207) 581-1498

Animal Welfare Assurance #:  A3754-01

Vertebrate animals may share in varying degree many sensory, emotional, and cognitive responses with humankind.  It is essential that we assume responsibility for their welfare and that animal use for research or teaching purposes be conducted in a humane, compassionate manner.  To justify the ethical costs of using live animals in research, teaching, or testing, there must be reasonable expectation that such usage will contribute to the advancement of knowledge, which may eventually benefit humankind and/or animals.  No research, teaching, or testing activities using live vertebrate animals shall be initiated until the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has approved a protocol for such use.

  • Animal Care Concerns?: Contact information for reporting concerns and link to Whistle Blowing Policy.
  • Guidelines for Use of Zebrafish in Research, Teaching, and Testing (Word).  This document is intended to assist researchers/instructors working with Zebrafish in determining when Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) review is required.
  • Graduate School Policy: Graduate students and faculty advisors, please read section 10.2.4 (page 38) Animal Subjects Approval (PDF), from the Graduate School’s Policies and Regulations.
  • IACUC Membership: Current membership listing.
  • Inter-Institutional Agreement:  to be used if proposed research involves collaboration with another institution, federal/state agency, private industry, private animal owners, etc.
  • Meeting Schedule and Protocol Due Dates: Meeting schedule for the IACUC. Protocol Forms are due two weeks prior to a meeting date in order to be included on that meeting’s agenda.
  • Policies and Procedures for the Humane Care and Use of Animals (Word)(PDF): All persons involved with the use of live vertebrate animals must read this Policy.
  • Protocol  Amendment: Use this form when amending a currently approved protocol.  (Updated August 2013)
  • Protocol Review Form: The application form for requesting approval for activities involving the use of live vertebrate animals.  (Updated August 2013)
  • Required Training: All faculty, staff, and students involved with the use of live vertebrate animals in research, teaching, or testing must complete this training program before protocols will be approved.
  • Useful websites: Links to federal policies, guidelines, resources, etc.


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