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.

This program is registered with OLAW, Assurance #D16-00058 (curent approval period 12/07/2016 - 12/21/2019) and is accredited by AAALAC since 05/17/1968, certification #000037 (validation period 6/28/2016 - 6/27/2019).


IACUC Policies and Procedures Guidebook provides institutional policies and instructions on how to secure and maintain IACUC approval.

IACUC Application Approval Process Chart illustrates each step of your application from submission through the approval. NEW 10/16/2017


Post-Approval Monitoring Program (PAM) NEW 1/05/2018

The PAM program will serve to improve the quality of animal welfare and animal research conducted at our institution through a collaborative approach.



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.

This institution complies with all federal and state laws and guidelines regarding the use of animals in research and maintains OLAW Assurance #D16-00058 (validation period 12/7/2016 - 12/31/2020) and AAALAC International Accreditation #000037 (accredited since 5/17/1968). All reported cases of potential non-compliance submitted by any source will be investigated and determination made as to whether corrective actions are necessary and/or reportable. The IACUC Non Compliance Flow Charillustrates this process. NEW 10/16/2017

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. Updates are required every 3 years.

Other Resources

Websites that may be useful when completing IACUC forms: