3b. Working with animals

  1. Whom do I contact?
  2. How do I know if I need to obtain approval?
  3. What are the training obligations?  Are educational resources available?
  4. What should I do after I receive IACUC approval?
  5. What are my responsibilities related to Animal Subjects Research Compliance?
  6. Will the IACUC monitor my research after approval?
  7. How do I close a Research Study?
  8. Relevant policies, procedures, and guidelines.
     

1.  Whom do I contact?

The Office of Animal Resources (OAR) provides veterinary expertise, care, and resources necessary for the maintenance and preservation of a quality animal research program and environment.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews all research, teaching and training involving the use of vertebrate animals.

Phone: (319) 335-7985
IACUC Staff Directory
OAR Staff Directory    
Website: http://animal.research.uiowa.edu

2.  How do I know if I need to obtain approval?

All researchers must obtain IACUC approval before initiating any research, testing or instructional project involving the use of live vertebrate animals.

To obtain approval, follow the instructions for submitting an Animal Protocol application to the IACUC. 

3.  What are the training obligations?  Are educational resources available?

All personnel working with animals are required to complete the Animal Use Education Course.  

The IACUC and OAR also offer optional training opportunities and  orientation meetings for new investigators.  

4.  What should I do after I receive IACUC approval for my animal protocol?

Contact the Office of Animal Resources to set up your accounts (MFKs) and arrange for ordering and housing your animals. 

Be aware that all approved animal protocols must undergo complete review at least once every three years. To avoid any interruption in animal usage, submit an Animal Protocol (checked as a Renewal) to IACUC review at least six to eight weeks before the current Animal Protocol expires. 

5.  What are my responsibilities related to animal subjects research compliance?

6.  Will the IACUC monitor my research after approval?

The IACUC Training and Compliance Coordinator schedules site visits to assist labs with regulatory compliance and provides training on those issues.

7.  How do I close a research study?

Contact the IACUC Office to close a research study.

8.  Relevant policies, procedures, and guidelines.