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Animal Care and Use Program & IACUC

Information about animal subjects in research and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

UW Oshkosh is committed to the humane care and use of animals for educational and research purposes.  The utilization of animals is a privilege and the responsibility involved in the  care and use of animals is a shared act. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees the use of all vertebrate animal use sponsored by any unit of UW Oshkosh.

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The Animal Care and Use Program is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC International)  and is managed in accordance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Animal Welfare Act Regulations, and the PHS Policy

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Purview

 All live vertebrate animal use sponsored by any unit of UW Oshkosh, in collaboration with another institution, or by a non-affiliated unit at a UWO site MUST be pre-approved by the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee before such animal use begins.

This includes animal use for:

    • Research (defined to include interventional and observational studies)
    • Teaching (broadly defined to include K-12 or adult learners, registered UWO students or others)
    • Entertainment
    • Fund-raising 

"Vertebrates" includes:

    • Live eggs from birds or reptiles and the embryos therein
    • Cold-blooded creatures like fish and herptiles
    • Mammals EXCEPT for human beings

For determining IACUC jurisdiction, the key criterion is: is UW Oshkosh sponsoring the animal use? It does not matter which UWO unit is the sponsor; it does not matter where the animal "use" occurs; it does not matter who "owns" the animal.

    • For Example:  IACUC approval was required for a raptor expert to bring his personal bird to campus for a guest seminar.
    • For Example:  IACUC approval was required for a student safari to Africa which included an observational study of wildlife.

IACUC jurisdiction does not cover:

  • K9 officers assisting law enforcement

  • Campus wildlife (unless intervention or observation of animals is occurring for research, teaching, testing, entertainment or fund-raising)

  • People walking or transporting their pets across campus property

  • Service animals assisting students, employees, or guests

The IACUC pre-approval process aims to ensure the appropriate use of animals and the welfare of animals in use, as well as the safety of the audience/participants. The IACUC's oversight keeps UW Oshkosh in compliance with a federal Animal Welfare Act regulations and PHS Policy.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Application Process

Prior to beginning a project involving the use of animals, an Animal Use Application must be submitted to the Office of Grants and Faculty Development and approved by the IACUC.  An animal certification and occupational health and training course must also be completed.  For further information about animal welfare and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), please contact the IACUC Coordinator in the Office of Grants and Faculty Development. 

View upcoming Meeting and Deadline Dates.

For more information about IACUC or the use of animals in research, please contact  iacuc@uwosh.edu or (920) 424-3375.


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) "How-To Chart"

I Want To:
How to Do It: Form to Use:
 Report an animal welfare concern such as misuse or mistreatment of vertebrate laboratory animals that violates the approved IACUC protocol
Complete the Animal Welfare Concern Report.  Reports can be submitted anonymously to the mailbox of the IACUC Chair, campus veterinarian, or the laboratory animal manager in the Biology Department.  Electronic submissions can go to iacuc@uwosh.edu.  See the complete Whistleblower Policy here
Animal Welfare Concern Report Form
Start a new UW Oshkosh-sponsored research, teaching or testing activity that involves live vertebrate animals Requires formal IACUC review Animal Use Protocol Application Form
Start a new UW Oshkosh-sponsored research, teaching or testing activity that involves live invertebrate animals Notify IACUC Chair and IACUC Compliance. 
Register your invertebrate usage with the IACUC (use of decapods or cephalopods requires a standard Animal Use Protocol Application Form
Invertebrate Animal Use Registration Form
Start a new UW Oshkosh-sponsored exhibition or entertainment activity that involves live animals Notify IACUC Compliance and Risk Managment. 
Complete the IACUC Notification of Animal Use for Outreach/Exhibition and submit to iacuc@uwosh.edu three weeks prior to event.
Notification of Animal Use for Outreach/Exhibition
Use fewer animals than I’m approved to use No action required None
Use more animals than I’m approved to use Make administrative request to IACUC Compliance Officer via iacuc@uwosh.edu
cc:  IACUC Chair
Animal Number Increase Form
if less than or equal to 20% of original number approved
OR
Protocol Modification Request Form if greater than 20% of original number approved
Correct typos or grammatical errors in a document I submitted Notify IACUC Compliance Officer via iacuc@uwosh.edu
cc:  IACUC Chair
None, but must use campus email
Update the contact information of persons listed on a document I submitted Notify IACUC Compliance Officer via iacuc@uwosh.edu
cc: IACUC Chair
None, but must use campus email
Change my protocol’s list of personnel other than PI Notify IACUC Compliance Officer via iacuc@uwosh.edu AFTER confirming that new personnel have appropriate certification and training None, but send CITI completion reports to IACUC Office (Dempsey 214) if adding new personnel to protocol.  Must use campus email.
Change my protocol’s method of anesthesia, analgesia, sedation, and/or experimental substance Requires formal Campus Veterinarian review Veterinary Care Modification Request Form
Change my protocol’s euthanasia method (must still be within current AVMA Guidelines) Requires formal Campus Veterinarian review Veterinary Care Modification Request Form
Change the duration, frequency, type, and/or number of procedures performed on my animals Requires formal Campus Veterinarian review Veterinary Care Modification Request Form
Change my protocol’s diet, including food restriction Requires formal Campus Veterinarian review Veterinary Care Modification Request Form
Change my protocol’s PI or co-PI Requires formal IACUC review Protocol Modification Request Form

Change my protocol from non-survival to survival surgery

Requires formal IACUC review Protocol Modification Request Form

Change my protocol resulting in greater pain, distress or degree of invasiveness

Requires formal IACUC review Protocol Modification Request Form
Change my animals’ housing Requires formal IACUC review Protocol Modification Request Form
Use animals in a location that is NOT part of the animal program overseen by the IACUC Requires formal IACUC review Protocol Modification Request Form
Change my protocol’s species Requires formal IACUC review Protocol Modification Request Form
Change my protocol’s study objectives Requires formal IACUC review Protocol Modification Request Form
Change my protocol in a way that impacts personnel safety Requires formal IACUC review Protocol Modification Request Form

 

 Applying for a Federal Grant Involving Research Animals 

View the guide, How to Write an Application Involving Research Animals. Developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in conjunction with OLAW, the tutorial provides a step-by-step guide to the preparation of an application and covers such topics as considering alternatives, obtaining assurances and IACUC approval, just-in-time processes, NIH review of animal subjects applications, grant awards, IACUC monitoring of awards, and reporting requirements. Although designed specifically for NIAID applicants, the information is relevant to any investigator submitting an application to the NIH for an activity involving animals. For guidance in the development and submission of your grant application, please contact the Office of Grants and Faculty Development. 

Thinking about publishing the research you've conducted with animals? Take a look at Guidance for the Description of Animal Research in Scientific Publications. You can purchase the book or download a free PDF summary.

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