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.


Thu, Mar 31, 2016

This message is being released to all rodent users to inform of OAR sentinel health surveillance program detection of a mouse rotavirus called Epizootic Diarrhea of Infant Mice (EDIM) within multiple rooms in the Medical Laboratories and Bowen Science Building animal facility.  This is a mouse-specific virus that will not infect rats.  Users which house animals within an affected room have received direct notification. 

Wed, Jan 06, 2016

There is an opportunity for statistical consulting services from the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences during the spring semester of 2016.  As part of a consulting course, statistics graduate students will be providing statistical consultation under the supervision of a statistics faculty member.

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).