For any questions about a specific protocol, please email
The Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) office oversees the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Federal regulations require all research involving the use of animal subjects undergo a review by the IACUC to ensure that animals are handled in an ethical manner and not exposed to unnecessary risk.
The IACUC is regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and must apply all pertinent federal and state regulations to animal subjects research.
Researchers who wish to use animal subjects must complete a protocol form and submit it to RSP. Blank protocol forms may be downloaded from this site. Although the IACUC meets only semi-annually, protocols are reviewed throughout the year and may be submitted at any time for review. Protocol forms for all proposed research projects should be submitted to RSP by emailing the completed form to .
Please note: all personnel associated with a research project that involves animals must have current CITI Animal Subjects Research training and certification before the project will be approved or renewed. Instructions for completing this training are available below.
In the case of funded research projects, failure to obtain prior approval for research could result in cancellation of current and future funding. Non-approved research conducted by individuals associated with the University (student, faculty, etc.) exposes the researchers as well as the University to legal action.
Animal Subjects Protocol Forms
- Animal Subjects Protocol Form (.pdf) [updated August 2018]
- Animal Subjects Renewal Form (.pdf) [updated August 2018]
- Animal Subjects Revision Form (.pdf) [updated August 2018]
Animal Subjects Training Instructions
- Animal Subjects Research Training in CITI (.docx) [updated April 2019]