Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
VERTEBRATE ANIMAL USE AT UCR
The INSTITUTIONAL ANIMAL CARE AND USE COMMITTEE (IACUC) has
authority over and responsibility for all vertebrate animal use and
care at UCR. The IACUC works closely with the following
Office of Research
Integrity - ORI administers and supports the functions of the
Office of the Campus
Veterinarian - Oversees all animal facilities on campus,
including animal use areas within investigator laboratories, and
provides veterinary care to research animals on campus. The
Campus Veterinarian provides veterinary advice to
UCR's animal care and use program is regulated by both the U.S.
Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Public Health Service. In
addition, UCR's animal care and use program is fully accredited by
the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory
Animal Care, an independent, international organization that
inspects and evaluates animal research programs and facilities.
NOTE: All vertebrate animal activities (receiving,
housing, maintaining, field studies, teaching uses, and lab
experiments, including "gentling" treatments and non-invasive
studies) must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC PRIOR to
initiation of that activity. This includes vertebrate animal
activities done by other institutions under contract from UCR (e.g.
contracting to have antibodies generated; or when a UC investigator
is lead PI on a grant with subcontracts to other
institutions). Lack of compliance can have consequences on
the publication of research data, existing grant funding, securing
future funding, employment decisions or student status (depending
on the situation and the status of the researcher).
Links to other pages.
About the IACUC
The University of California, Riverside (UCR), recognizes the
scientific and ethical responsibility for the humane care and use
of animals involved in research and education and enjoins all
individuals involved to the highest standards of care and
consideration. UCR has established an Institutional Animal
Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which is qualified through the
experience and expertise of its members to oversee the
institution's animal program, facilities, and procedures. The
IACUC, as agent for UCR's obligations for humane care and use of
- Be constituted according to federal requirements, including the
Animal Welfare Act and PHS Policy. Members are appointed by the
Vice Chancellor for
- Assure that all activities involving animals meet the ethical
and legal requirements for the humane care and use of animals.
- Maintain and promote an open and cooperative relationship with
investigators and faculty, and the greater university
- Educate the UCR community concerning the ethical and regulatory
standards for the humane care of animals.
Functions of the UCR IACUC are:
- Review proposed animal activities (via the AUP)
- Set university policy regarding animal care and use.
- Inspect all UCR animal facilities to assure compliance with federal regulations.
- Perform semi-annual reviews of the UCR animal program.
- File all required reports with appropriate agencies, including
OLAW, USDA and
- Investigate all allegations of non-compliance, providing
related reports and recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for Research.
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IACUC and AUP Information for UCR Faculty
Information for UCR Faculty (animal use forms,
related grant, housing and inspection information)
(Please note that a UCR NetId is required to access this
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Federal regulations require that all individuals handling
vertebrate animals receive training about animal use in general,
federal law regarding animal use, species specific handling, as
well as in the specific procedures necessary for their experiments.
UCR uses an on-line training system for the general training and
has videos available through the Office of the Campus Veterinarian.
The Campus Veterinarian is available to provide hands-on
training in various procedures. Training in laboratory
specific procedures must be documented by the laboratory.
Related policies / guidances:
The Animal Care and Use Training Program consists of the
- Review the specific Animal Use Protocol (AUP) for which you
seek participation. See your PI.
- Complete the UC Riverside Animal Care and Use Training Course
and exam. Send an email to email@example.com
requesting an access code. Please be sure to include all of
the following in your email:
- your first and last name
- Your student ID number
- Your NetId
- The name of the PI you will be working with
- The protocol number (AUP#). Get from the PI.
- View a species related training video.
- Enroll in the UC Riverside Animal Occupational
Health and Safety Program.
- Submit a completed Training Verification
Form to the Office of the Campus Veterinarian.
* Fish Lab Training Verification Form & Access
(*to be used only by Dr. Reznick's Lab in place of the
verification form above.Reznick's students must turn in 3 forms:
Health Form, Fish Lab Verification Form and Vivaria Access
Request form. You will not be cleared unless all 3 forms are turned
- Vivarium Access Code Request. If your vivarium is Life
Science/Spieth, you must request an access code to enter the
Vivarium. Fill out the Vivarium Access Request
form and have your PI sign it. (You do not need to fill
this form out if your vivarium is Boyce East or Biomed).
- Meet with the Vivarium Manager for an orientation of the
Vivarium you will be working in. Have the Vivarium Orientation
Form signed and return it to the Vet's office. (You are
not automatically cleared when you complete this. You must wait for
a clearance email from the Vet's office).
All forms and the certificate of completion from the on-line
course must be turned in to the Office of Research Integrity
(University Office Building, Room 216) for processing.
Simply handing in your forms is not an
automatic clearance. Until you receive notice from the Office of
Research Integrity, you are not allowed to enter in the vivarium or
work with the animals.
Questions regarding the training process can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Occupational Health & Safety Program
Working with laboratory animals can present a risk to the health
and well-being of research personnel in the forms of (a) zoonotic
diseases (infectious agents shared by humans and animals); (b)
allergies to laboratory animals, particularly rodents; and (c)
bites, scratches and other injuries. All animal users are
required to participate in the Occupational Health Program (see
instructions under Required Training above).
Related policies / guidances:
Links to Regulatory Agencies and Off-Campus Sources
Vertebrate Animal Care and Procedures
Links to Other Sources of Information
The IACUC and ORI can be contacted at email@example.com or 951-827-4809.