The University of Iowa

Euthanasia by OAR Personnel (Policy)

Policy: The IACUC has provided a set of guidance documents (Policies, Guidelines, and Informational Sheets) for use when planning animal procedures at the University of Iowa. An exception to a Policy must be described and justified in the Animal Protocol and approved by the full IACUC at a convened monthly meeting.


Purpose:  The purpose of this document is to describe euthanasia of animals performed as a service by the Office of Animal Resources at the University of Iowa. 


The Office of Animal resources provides a euthanasia service for cull animals (animals for which no tissues or postmortem analysis is needed). It is the responsibility of the investigator to euthanize animals at experimental endpoints or when directed to by the veterinary staff based on a health concern. Euthanasia of cull animals will be performed in a humane manner as determined by the veterinary staff and in accordance with the IACUC Policy: Confirmation of Euthanasia.



Last reviewed by the IACUC: 2/14/2024