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Animal Care and Use (IACUC)

Oklahoma State University is committed to providing an animal care and use program that provides a humane and compliant environment for all animals involved in research, teaching, and testing activities. Every effort is made to adhere to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations that govern the care and use of animals.

All research, teaching and testing activities involving live, vertebrate animals must be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Information provided on this site is designed to help you gain that approval.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is established by federal mandate at institutions that use live, vertebrate animals for research, teaching, training, and testing activities. The IACUC oversees and evaluates all aspects of the institution's animal care and use program. This authority comes from 1) the Animal Welfare Act and 2) the Health Research Extension Act (Public Health Service Policy Act). The IACUC also reviews activities involving animals for compliance with other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines. OSU policy requires IACUC review and approval of all research, teaching, training and testing activities involving live, vertebrate animals prior to initiating the activity.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) meets quarterly in the months of February, May, August and November. In order to have an animal care and use protocol (ACUP) reviewed at a particular meeting, it must reach the IACUC Chairperson at least two weeks prior to a meeting.

ACUPs and information received after the deadline will automatically be placed on the agenda for the following meeting. A minimum of two weeks is required to process the documents, perform preliminary reviews and distribute the forms to IACUC members for review prior to the meeting.

Animal Care and Use Protocol 

The request to work with animals in research, teaching or testing activities must be submitted on an Animal Care and Use Protocol (ACUP) form as well as any applicable appendices. Investigators are required sign and submit the original ACUP from to the IACUC Administrator. All forms are in Microsoft Word.

Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns

It is the policy of OSU-CHS that the care, use and treatment of university-owned laboratory animals should be of high quality and in compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations. Any person with knowledge of deficiencies or with reasonable suspicions of deficiencies or mistreatment involving OSU-CHS laboratory animals is obligated to report them directly to a member of the IACUC or research compliance, Individuals may also file their concerns through Ethics Point. Reports to Ethics Point can be made online or toll-free at 866-294-8692. Timely reporting is essential to protect the animals involved and to aid the investigation of the allegations.

Policies and Procedures

Required Training

All principal investigators/instructors (PIs), research faculty/staff, graduate students, laboratory technicians and students involved in animal care and/or use of live vertebrate animals in research, teaching or testing at OSU must complete prescribed mandatory training prior to protocol approval and prior to working with animals. 

Training Information ›

IACUC Program Staff

Thomas Curtis, Ph.D. IACUC Chair
Amber Hood, MS, CPIA, CIP  Director, Regulatory Compliance and Research Facilities 
Rebecca Crandell, M.S. Assistant Director, Research Compliance