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Vertebrate Animal Research

All research and teaching activities using vertebrate animals is subject to review and approval by the Illinois State University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) The IACUC and individuals using animals share in the commitment to follow all laws, regulations and policies pertaining to animal care and use.

ISU's IACUC holds a single Assurance with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), number D16-00453.

Reporting Concerns

Illinois State University is committed to humane animal care and use, and encourages anyone who perceives a problem with the way animals are housed, handled, or used in research to report their concerns to their supervisor or Research Ethics and Compliance (REC). Reports may also be made to the Attending Veterinarian, IACUC Chair, any IACUC member, or the Institutional Official.

Reports may be made anonymously and retaliation against anyone making a report is strictly prohibited under University policies.


IACUC forms can be found on the main Research forms page.

View IACUC Forms


Government regulation requires training for anyone using or caring for live vertebrate animals for teaching or research at Illinois State.

Learn More About Required Training

IACUC Meeting Schedule

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for reviewing all research in which animals serve as research subjects as well as the use of animals in teaching.

Protocols that need to be reviewed by the full committee must be submitted two weeks before the next meeting. Refer to the SOP on Protocol Review (available in Microsoft Teams) for more information.

View the IACUC Meeting Schedule

Submitting a Protocol

In order to use vertebrate animals in research or teaching, you must submit a protocol in Cayuse IACUC to be reviewed and approved by the IACUC prior to beginning any animal activities.

Contact the Compliance Coordinator to add the following information prior to starting your protocol application: new animals, new drugs, new personnel not previously added to a submission, new restraints, new room locations.

Cayuse Help

During business hours, contact the Compliance Coordinator. If you're working on your protocol outside of business hours and need further assistance, visit Cayuse Support. If you don't already have a Cayuse Support account set up, sign up through their website.

Policies and Regulations

Vertebrate animal research may require you to review certain regulations and guidelines that apply to your research. Includes information on standard operating procedures, federal regulations, and guidelines.

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