Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
All faculty and students using live vertebrate animals — whether for research or teaching, on or off campus — must submit a Research Review Request to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). He or she must obtain approval before beginning the research. The IACUC page will provide further information on how to submit an application for a study and what to do once it is approved.
Animal Research Ethics Training
Research involving animals must abide by the federal regulations protecting animal subjects (Animal Welfare Act/Animal Welfare Regulations). It is the responsibility of the investigators to become familiar with these regulations and ensure that all studies conducted at ACU abide by these policies. In addition, all research protocols submitted to the IACUC will require online training for every member of the research team. The Animal Research Ethics Training page will provide further information on these regulations and training.
- When live animals are used in research, there must be a reasonable expectation that such utilization will contribute to the enhancement of human or animal health, the advancement of knowledge or the good of society. The benefits of the research must clearly outweigh any pain, discomfort and distress experienced by the animals.
- It is the responsibility of the investigator to consider the source of the animal and to ensure that all animals used for experimental purposes are lawfully acquired.
- The investigator has an ethical obligation to seek the least painful techniques feasible to obtain the protocol objectives. The pain, discomfort and distress should be monitored using behavioral signs based on the normal behavior pattern of the species under study.
- Appropriate anesthetics, analgesics and tranquilizers must be used if the procedure will cause more than slight momentary pain or distress to the animal. This pertains to pain or discomfort that may be experienced during, as well as after, the procedure, until such time when the pain is either alleviated or reduced to an acceptable tolerance level. If the use of anesthetics and/or analgesics will compromise the scientific validity of the experiment, the deletion of these drugs must be based on scientific fact or experimental data which can be referenced.
- Physical restraints should not be used on awake animals. If such a procedure is necessary, the animal should be conditioned to the restraint prior to beginning the experiment. Prolonged physical restraint of awake animals should be avoided.
- Adequate post surgical/procedural care for the animal is the responsibility of the investigator.
- Any proposed use of euthanasia must be consistent with recommendations of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) panel on euthanasia. Such measures include a quick, painless death for the animal. If the animals will not be euthanized at the completion of the experiment, it is the responsibility of the investigator to assure that the final disposition of the animal is both humane and acceptable.
- The committee shall review any areas or situations not covered by these standards.
Download and complete the appropriate forms in the ORSP Canvas Classroom. You can learn how to access this through our Forms page. Please use the names already assigned to the files and submit all forms as Word documents (with the exception of the Signature and Assurances page which may be submitted as a pdf). Please do not compile individual forms into a single document.
Submit all forms to email@example.com and include in the subject line the following information:
- Type of Review being Requested: NS for New Study, AMD for Amendment, CR for Continuing Review, UAE for Unanticipated Event, NC for Non-Compliance, IA for Inactivation, CS for Consult, AWR for Animal Welfare Report
- Protocol ID assigned to your study during the initial application (for requests other than new studies)
- Principal Investigator’s Last Name
- The words ANIMAL
For example: NS Johnson ANIMAL
AMD 15-123ANM Jones ANIMAL
CR 15-124ANM Williams ANIMAL
Please not that all submissions must be accompanied by a signed assurance form. This form MUST be reviewed and signed by an ACU faculty person who agrees to take responsibility for the assurances listed therein.
Submitting a New Study
While not all activities require USDA compliance, it is advised that all activities be submitted for determination and confirmation of compliance. In addition, it is expected that all ethical standards will be followed even in activities that are exempt from USDA compliance.
Please complete the appropriate application below and any other requested items and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org per the submission instructions.
- Animal Research Request, Observation
- Animal Research Request, Wildlife
- Animal Research Request, NonWildlife/Captive
- Signature and Assurance Form, Animal
Also attached, if applicable:
- Training Certificates
- Copies of Permits