Research and Sponsored Programs - 2018

Animal Care and Use

For questions about a specific protocol, please email

Federal regulations require all research involving the use of animal subjects undergo a review by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (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 Health and Human Services (DHHS) through its Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and must apply all pertinent federal and state regulations to animal subjects research and classroom protocols.

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

The complete set of IACUC forms is available on Box. Please download the form you need using the links below.

  • IACUC New Protocol Form - for new submissions, including submissions after the third year of a study cycle
  • IACUC Renewal Form - for renewals after the first or second year of an approved study
  • IACUC Revision Form - for changes to a study during the approved study period, including new staff/students joining the project

Completed forms should be emailed to

Animal Subjects Training Instructions

Create a new account at using the “Register” button in the top right corner, or log in if you already have an account. 

In the Select Your Organization screen, enter “Northridge” in the search box and California State University, Northridge should come up.  Agree to the terms and services, affirm that you are associated with CSUN, and you should be able to continue to the next step in the process. 

Important: Please use your CSUN email address as your primary email address, and as your Institutional Email Address in Step 6 of the form.  CITI will also allow you to set up a secondary email address if you wish.

When you are asked which type of course you'd like to take, choose the “Laboratory Animal Research” option on the first screen. Then, select at least one of the following options:

  • All investigators conducting research that use lab animals, and faculty teaching courses that involve live animals, should choose the module on "Working with the IACUC."
  • Additionally, investigators and teaching faculty who work with mice or rats should choose the module on "Minimizing Pain and Distress."
  • CSUN-affiliated members of the IACUC should choose "IACUC Members;" non-affiliated members, including alumni, should choose "IACUC Community Member."

Once you’ve completed curriculum selection, you should be redirected to the "Main Menu/My Courses" dashboard where you can access your selected course. Note that all applicable training must be completed before approval will be granted on any animal subjects protocol.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Committee Members
Benedict Yaspelkis III, ChairKinesiology
Christina CampbellAnthropology
Jeanne RobertsonBiology
Robert EspinozaBiology
Tim KarelsBiology
Mark SteeleBiology
Colette CaggianoCommunity Member
Leah GreerCampus Veterinarian
Sam VasquezNon-scientist