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Institutional Animal Care & use

PLEASE NOTE: We now use Cayuse as our protocol management software. Cayuse provides a modern dashboard with user-friendly webforms. For more information, please visit this page .

Institutions that use animals for federally-funded laboratory research must appoint an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) that reviews research protocols, conducts evaluations and inspects animal facilities biannually. The IACUC reports to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) annually, and is issued an animal welfare assurance number authorizing the conduct of research that uses animals. The IACUC is required to report significant noncompliance with animal use protocols, as well as any actions taken to correct identified problems.

Investigators who include animals in their research protocols must successfully complete Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training for animal care and use training and responsible conduct of research.  Then, the investigator must submit a protocol and obtain the approval of the IACUC before work can commence.  Protocols require full committee review at a convened meeting of the IACUC every three years. To submit a protocol to the IACUC, please log into the Cayuse IRB software, create a new study, create an initial submission, and complete the application.  (If you do not know your Cayuse log in information, please email CayuseIRB@astate.edu.)

For your reference, the Governing Principles for Animal Care and Use contains additional information. You can also refer to our FAQs, or call Research and Technology Transfer (RTT) at 870-972-2694.