Welfare of Laboratory Animals

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The University of Tulsa University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a research oversight committee charged with the responsibility of ensuring the proper care, use and humane treatment of animals used in research, testing and education. The IACUC also provides assistance to investigators in fulfilling their obligation to plan and conduct animal experiments in accord with the highest scientific, humane and ethical principles. See Animal Care Policy.

The IACUC reviews all proposals for the use of animals, inspects facilities, and ensures that animal research and teaching activities are in compliance with legal statutes and ethical guidelines.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee provides assurance that the procedures to ensure humane care and use of animals in research will be those prescribed in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Animal Welfare Act.

The University has an approved assurance on file with the Public Health Service and is registered as a research facility with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The IACUC meets semi-annually in the Spring and Fall semesters. Applications will be accepted at any time and will be reviewed by the Chair of the IACUC to determine if they can be reviewed via designated-member review or must be reviewed full board.

Applications must be completed and submitted to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, McClure Hall. Questions regarding completing the application may be directed to via email Dr. Kenton Miller, Chair, IACUC at (918) 631-3032 or Carmen Schaar-Walden, Coordinator of Research Compliance at 631-3310 or carmen-schaar-walden@utulsa.edu.

Application form: Animal Use Form (.doc file)

Approvals will be granted for a period not to exceed three (3) years, with annual progress reports required to be filed and approved prior to the first and second anniversary dates of IACUC approval. If the research is to continue beyond three (3) years, a full renewal protocol (full application) must be submitted and approved prior to the third (3rd) anniversary of protocol approval.  Protocols involving USDA-covered species must be reviewed annually.

TU Annual Progress Report (.doc file)

Individuals conducting research on animals must complete training at www.citiprogram.org.  Directions to register for the CITI Program IACUC training here.  At a minimum, “Working with the IACUC” course is required.  Specific species modules must also be completed when applicable.   Please contact Carmen Schaar-Walden with questions involving the CITIProgram training.  Individuals must also complete TU’s OSHA training for research involving lab animals.  Please contact Marty Phillips at 918-631-2111 or marty-philips@utulsa.edu to activate and access this training.  Information regarding health issues related to working with animals found here.

Individuals in contact with research animals must also complete a Health Assessment.  Please complete the assessment form found here and deliver the form to the Alexander Health Center in an envelope marked “Confidential” addressed to Stephanie Fell, Director of Alexander Health Center.  You will be notified when you are cleared to work with animals.  If an additional evaluation is necessary before approval is granted, you will be contacted by Director Fell.

Individuals in contact with animals must also have received a tetanus shot within the last ten years.  If you do not have an up to date tetanus immunization, please contact Stephanie Fell at the Alexander Health Center and an immunization will be provided.


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