Purpose of IACUC
The establishment and operation of an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is mandated by federal law. The USU IACUC is appointed by the Vice President of Research, acting as the Institutional Official. The USU IACUC is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the use of live vertebrate animals at USU is done in compliance with all appropriate laws, regulations and government policies. To meet this charge the committee has the authority to review, require modifications to, and ultimately to approve or deny requests to use animals in teaching or research. The committee will also regularly review the University animal care program and inspect University facilities where animals are housed and used.
It is University policy (Policy 585) that all research, teaching, or outreach conducted by University personnel under the auspices of USU, including cooperative research conducted with one or more public or private entities, in which animals are used, must be reviewed and approved by an IACUC prior to animal use.
All faculty, staff, students, and cooperators using USU facilities are required to adhere to federal standards for the use of animals in research, teaching and training. The validity and effectiveness of programs that use animals will be the best possible when high quality animals receive quality care in a properly designed and managed animal facility.
It is contrary to University policy and standards of ethical care to misuse or mistreat animals. If you have concerns regarding the use or care of animals associated with Utah State University please contact the IACUC office. Individuals reporting animal welfare concerns are protected by the University “Whistleblower” Policy (Policy 407.7.5). Reporting may also be anonymous if you desire. The IACUC will investigate all reports of animal misuse.