Office of Research Integrity

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

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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 units:

Office of Research Integrity - ORI administers and supports the functions of the IACUC

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 investigators.

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).

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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 animals, shall:

  • Be constituted according to federal requirements, including the Animal Welfare Act and PHS Policy.  Members are appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research.
  • 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 community.
  • 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 AAALAC.
  • 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 site.)

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Required Training

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 following:

  1. Review the specific Animal Use Protocol (AUP) for which you seek participation. See your PI.
  2. The PI and lab member should complete a UC Riverside AUP Personnel Add Form (if you experience difficulties with the drop down menus, please use AUP Personnel Add Form flat) and submit it to iacuc training.
    * Fish Lab Training Verification Form & Access Request form
    (*to be used only by Dr. Reznick's Lab in place of the AUP Personnel Add Form form)

Following submission of this form, you will receive instructions for completing the training, which includes:
            Enrollment in the Occupational Health and Safety Program
            Completion of the UCR/AALAS on-line animal user training
            Viewing of a species specific handling video
            Acknowledgement of understanding of rules and procedures.

Once the required training described in the instructions has been completed, the Office of Research Integrity will inform PI and lab member regarding clearance to use vertebrate animals.

Vivaria Access: Instructions for vivaria access will be included with the clearance email.


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 iacuctraining@ucr.edu.

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:

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Accreditation:

Vertebrate Animal Care and Procedures

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Contact Us

The IACUC and ORI can be contacted at iacuc@ucr.edu or 951-827-4809.