Animal Care & 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.
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
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, and
- 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:
- service animals assisting students, employees, or guests,
- K9 officers assisting law enforcement,
- campus wildlife, or
- people walking or transporting their pets across campus property.
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 regualtions 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.
For more information about IACUC or the use of animals in research, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (920) 424-3375.
Applying for a Federal Grant Involving Research Animals
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.
- AAALAC International offers a great list of reference resources: http://www.aaalac.org/accreditation/resources.cfm
- Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) online seminars and reference materials: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/educational_resources.htm