Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
LSUHSC-NO’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for reviewing, approving and providing oversight of all activities involving the care and use of live vertebrate animals. It is the policy of LSUHSC-NO that all projects involving live vertebrate animals or the use of animal tissue or parts must be presented to the IACUC for review, approval and oversight.
IACUC Policies and Procedures Guidebook provides institutional policies and instructions on how to secure and maintain IACUC approval.
General instructions are given in Using IACUC Forms. The deadline for receipt of applications in the IACUC Office is the last Monday of the month. IACUC meetings are held on the third Monday of every month. Amendments and transfers are processed as received.
- Research Protocol Application Form is used for initial research projects or 3-year renewals.
- Breeding Colony Application Form is used for initial breeding colonies or 3-year renewals.
- IACUC Amendment Form must be submitted for IACUC approval prior to making any changes.
- Change in Personnel must be submitted for IACUC approval prior to active particaption on a project; all required training must be completed.
- Transfer or Use of Animal Tissue or Materials Form must be submitted when using materials obtained from a non-living animal source.
Safety and Training Requirements
- All research conducted at this institution must undergo an Institutional Bio-Safety Committee (IBC) Review. IACUC approval will not be given until IBC exemption or approval is received
- Prior to working with animals, participates must complete all required training. Refer to the Training Required to Participate in Research for guidance.
- Participants must complete an Animal Exposure Surveillance Assessment Form in the Division of Animal Care. While participation in the DAC occupational health and safety program may be voluntary in some cases, the assessment is mandatory.
Websites that may be useful when completing IACUC forms:
- Animal Care Issues
- Developing Searches for Alternatives and Non-duplication
- Regulatory Guidance