Old Capitol Building and the Pentacrest

Office of The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The mission of the IACUC is to promote and to facilitate scientific research while simultaneously striving to reduce the number of animals required, to perform research with techniques that limit pain or distress, and to seek alternative procedures that can supply the required results but do not utilize living animals. To that end, our goal is to promote and encourage an atmosphere of attention, concern and caring for the welfare and comfort of the animals that are under our charge.

Office of Animal Resources (OAR)

The University of Iowa under the auspices of the Vice President for Research maintains a centralized animal care program with administrative responsibility by the Office of Animal Resources (OAR). The OAR facilitates the research mission of the University by meeting the animal research needs of the research community.  The OAR provides veterinary expertise, care, and resources necessary for the maintenance and preservation of a quality animal research program and environment. 

Institutional Assurances

  • Accredited by The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC International) (since November 1994)
  • Registered United States Department of Agriculture research facility (USDA No. 42-R-0004)
  • PHS Animal Welfare Assurance (A3021-01). or iacuc@uiowa.edu.


Fri, Oct 30, 2015

Following are the order deadlines for the Thanksgiving week of November 23, 2015.
For orders to be delivered the week of November 30, 2015:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm:    

  • Charles River
  • Harlan
  • Jackson
  • Marshall BioResources
  • Taconic

  If you have any questions, please call the OAR office at 335-7985.

Fri, Oct 23, 2015

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced October 13, 2015 that the requirements of the Vertebrate Animals Section (VAS) of grant applications, cooperative agreements and contract proposals have been changed (NOT-OD-16-006) along with some features of 2016 grant application guidance, forms and instructions (NOT-OD-16-004).

Tue, Oct 20, 2015

To improve animal inventory control, we redesigned the MOUSE Transaction Slips 

  •          One slip to six slips - separate slip for each “transaction”; see examples
  •          Easy to complete
  •          Only pertinent information obtained
  •          Accurate & timely completion are very important
  •          Use in all facilities except Oakdale (implementation in late 2015/early 2016 when BRSF opens)