Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Welcome

In this website you will learn about the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at Pacific University, how it runs, and how faculty and students are expected to work with the committee at the outset of a research or teaching project involving animal subjects. Please read this introduction to acquaint yourself with our operating principles.

Who We Are

The purpose of the IACUC is to:

  • ensure humane treatment of any and all laboratory and classroom animals;
  • ensure availability of appropriate veterinary care;
  • ensure proper training and safety of laboratory and classroom workers; and
  • ensure that Pacific University has conformed to all federal regulations concerning animal use and well-being.

As stated by the National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, each IACUC has a mandate to review their institution’s program for the care and use of animals and to inspect any animal facilities (including satellite facilities) every six months.

To uphold this charge, Pacific University policy requires all faculty, students or staff involved with animal research or teaching activities to work directly and conscientiously with the IACUC:

  • Before a research or teaching activity is initiated;
  • During a research or teaching activity if the protocol requires continuing review;
  • During a research or teaching activity if the research protocol needs to change;
  • During a research or teaching activity if an adverse event occurs; and
  • After a research or teaching activity ends to close the file.

The committee has created templates and formalized procedures to guide you through this.

What to Expect

Before a research or teaching activity can commence, the IACUC will assess the effect of the proposed activities on the animals involved in the study. The IACUC has the sole authority to require revisions for proposed animal subject activities and to approve proposed activities. The IACUC, and, in some circumstances, other institutional officials, can also disapprove, suspend, or terminate animal subject activities. Note that the IACUC does not comment on the scientific merit of a proposed research design unless the merit is disproportionate with the potential effect on the animals.

The IACUC Chair will determine whether your planned activities fall under the federal guidelines for research or teaching with animal subjects (or one of the Co-Chairs, as the case may be). This practice is warranted because the IACUC is most familiar with the relevant federal regulations and interpretations thereof.

In the sections that follow are detailed instructions on how to work with the IACUC in making these determinations and in getting your research activities ready for implementation. We look forward to working with you.

IACUC Calendar

Submission Date Meeting Dates (Approximate)
Updated as information is provided. Updated as information is provided.
  • The committee's decision should be announced within ten (10) days of meeting; however, if further modifications and resubmission are necessary, approval to proceed may not be granted at this time. For this reason, all faculty are encouraged to submit as far in advance as is possible and should plan at least two months from initial submission to full approval.

Reporting Concerns with Animal Well-Being

It is our role to ensure the well-being of all research or teaching animals used or housed at Pacific University. All reports are treated seriously and are investigated and corrective action is taken as appropriate. If you have a specific concern about an animal at Pacific University please contact the IACUC at iacuc@pacificu.edu.

Does My Project Need IACUC Approval?

Research, teaching, or testing on or with any live vertebrate animal requires IACUC approval. This includes the use of assistive animals. Studies being performed on invertebrates do not require IACUC approval. If you are unsure whether your project needs approval, please feel free to email us at iacuc@pacificu.edu.

Protocol Submission

The IACUC needs enough information about your study to review it for the protection of all animal subjects and to offer you advice, as needed, on ways to improve animal well-being.

There are two types of submissions.

*Submission documentation is in the process of being updated. The forms below will not be fillable. Please email IACUC to request submission forms and for updated submission procedures.

Classroom Teaching Applications

When you submit your proposal to the IACUC, please include the following:

  • An electronic copy of the completed proposal using the Classroom Teaching Application developed by the IACUC;
  • An electronic copy of any additional appendices noted within the main body of the proposal; and
  • A paper copy of the signature page with the signature included (sent by campus mail) if an electronic signature is not possible.

Research Applications

When you submit your proposal to the IACUC, please include the following:

  • An electronic copy of the completed proposal using the Research Application developed by the IACUC;
  • An electronic copy of any additional appendices noted within the main body of the proposal; and
  • A paper copy of the signature page with the signature included (sent by campus mail) if an electronic signature is not possible.
  • If you have any questions about these materials, please contact the IACUC at iacuc@pacificu.edu.

Submission Process

The Pacific University IACUC is committed to a low-paper process. We require that you submit your proposal electronically, via email to iacuc@pacificu.edu. We accept electronic signatures, otherwise send a signed copy of the signature page to the Office of Research, A-133.

Information and Policy on Post-Approval Monitoring

In accordance with IACUC guidelines, special considerations are necessary for any studies using mammals. This includes any mammal housing and monitoring of field studies.

Mammal Housing

Pacific University does not have mammal housing facilities. Any research requiring mammal housing will need to be conducted at another research institution. All investigators and instructors wishing to house mammals for research and teaching must find an appropriate satellite facility and submit appropriate animal care and use protocols for all institutions involved. The principal investigator will need to obtain IACUC approval both from Pacific University, as well as from the off-site institution.

Site Visit for Field Studies

A site visit by at least two IACUC members, including the veterinarian, is warranted if:

  • Mammals or other USDA regulated species are used in the study;
  • Mammals are trapped or restrained;
  • Transport of animals occurs;
  • Animals are captured for a length of time that exceeds two hours; and
  • Invasive surgery is performed on the animals.

Alternative Media Submission

In certain situations, the principal investigator may provide information to the IACUC regarding the field study site in the form of pictures and videos.

Permits

The principal investigator is responsible for obtaining any necessary federal, state, or natural resource agency permits required for the study.

Resources

The following resources are available to help familiarize you with areas of potential concern in contemporary laboratory or classroom animal use. If you haven’t already done so, the IACUC strongly recommends that as you prepare your research or teaching proposal, you (the investigators) review the ethical guidelines associated with your protocol. The following links should help in this regard.

Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA) Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) - Institutional Animal Care and Use Guidebook, 2nd Edition, 2002 (PDF)

Dangerous Goods Training (Mayo Clinic)

This training is meant for investigators who transport dangerous goods. It is free and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete with additional time for the self-assessment quiz.

The objectives of the training are as follows:

  • Describe the regulations imposed on most laboratories and the importance of following them.

  • Classify infectious substances for transport.

  • Demonstrate the procedures for legally and safely shipping various infectious specimens.

  • Integrate dangerous goods procedures into your laboratory.

  • Complete the online self-assessment quiz, which enables you to obtain dangerous goods shipping certification.

The National Academies - Earth and Life Studies - Institute for Laboratory Research (ILAR)

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) - Animal Welfare

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Library (NAL)

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Library (NAL) - Animal Welfare Act

United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Extramural Research (OER)