Office of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Prior to the initiation of any animal procedures, all research, teaching and training involving the use of vertebrate animals at the University of Iowa must be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). 

The IACUC is responsible for reviewing any concerns that arise involving the care and use of animals at the University, and can suspend an activity involving animals if it determines that the activity is not being conducted in accordance with federal regulations or University policies.  To report animal concerns [click here].

At least once every six months, the IACUC reviews the program for the care and use of animals and inspects all animal facilities (as defined by Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Sec. III.B.).  Both the reviews and inspections are based on the Guide to the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Animal Welfare Regulations (CFR, Title 9, Chapter 1, Subchapter A).  Written reports of these reviews are submitted to the Institutional Official (IO).

On a regular basis, the IACUC Training and Compliance Coordinator will visit each Principal Investigator’s (PI) laboratory to ensure compliance that personnel and procedures are congruent with the IACUC approved Animal Protocol. The laboratory and equipment will also be evaluated for regulatory compliance.  Locations where surgery is performed will be evaluated every 6 months, in conjunction with the full IACUC review and facility inspection described above. Personnel will be instructed on institutional and regulatory agency policies and procedures. Training is available for: aseptic surgical techniques, post-surgical recovery and monitoring procedures and euthanasia techniques.