University of Iowa



This is the new Vertebrate Animal Research website!

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

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


The mission of the IACUC is to promote and to facilitate scientific research while complying with mandatory laws, regulations, and policies.  The IACUC strives 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.

  • PHS Animal Welfare Assurance (D16-00009, A3021-01)
  • Registered United States Department of Agriculture research facility (USDA No. 42-R-0004)
  • Accredited by AAALACi (#000833, since November 1994)

More about IACUC

Office of Animal Resources (OAR)

Office of Animal Resources


The University of Iowa provides a centralized animal care program through the Office of Animal Resources which reports to the Vice President for Research. The program includes animal housing facilities in the Colleges of Medicine, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Public Health. Additional sites affiliated with this program are the State Hygienic Laboratory in Ankeny, IA, the Iowa Raptor Project located near Lake Macbride, and the Lakeside Laboratory located near Lake Okoboji in Western Iowa.


The Office of Animal Resources (OAR) provides the expertise, care, and resources necessary for the maintenance of research animals. The OAR's mission is preservation of the University's animal research privilege and maintenance of a quality animal care and use program.

More about OAR


image of a stoplight

Lab Start-up / Closeout

Identify what steps to take to start-up a vertebrate animal laboratory or to close out an existing laboratory
Alt text goes here

Drug Orders

Please follow this link to make your drug orders.


Mon, Jul 29, 2019

The Animal Billing Report has moved to the new ARIS Dashboard and will be easier to access, easier to understand and easier to export: Billing Report

Please direct any questions or feedback to


Thu, Jun 27, 2019

Charles River has announced new discounted pricing for many of the mouse & rat strains we purchase for research at the University of Iowa.  This program also includes free crate and ground shipping and will be effective from June 2, 2019 through December 31, 2019.  Please follow this link to see the Charles River Impact Pricing Program flier for more details:

Tue, Apr 16, 2019

There is a new ARIS dashboard (Animal Research Information System) that lets you manage more aspects of your animal research projects. The new ARIS dashboard has links to the following: