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Animal Care and Use

What is IACUC?

"An Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a local working group that research facilities must appoint in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and PHS Policy on Human Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" (  Click here for more information about IACUC.

The IACUC is guided by the 3Rs:

* Replacement of experimental animals by alternatives.
* Refinement of housing, handling and experimental procedures to reduce discomfort, pain, fear, stress and suffering.
* Reduction of numbers of animals used.


Federal Requirements

All personnel conducting federally supported research involving animals are required to complete the training offered through CITI.

On line training on animal care and use for EWU IACUC members and researchers using animals is available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at the University of Miami.   The training includes modules on working with the IACUC, reducing pain and distress in rats and mice, and working with specific animals in research settings among other topics.  Please check with the IACUC chair or with your faculty advisor regarding department or institutional requirements for animal care and use training.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and Animal Research Training Modules

Student Training

Students who will be participating in research projects must complete CANVAS training.


NOTE: As of April 2016, forms and instructions have been updated.

An approved Protocol Review Form (PRF) is required for research or teaching projects involving warm-blooded animals. Instructions can be found here.

Protocols are submitted to the IACUC by faculty members who are responsible for student research projects or a class and must go through the review process before research can begin. The protocol review process is completed using the Comments feature in Word and circulated via e-mail.

Those wishing to amend an existing, approved protocol (change the number or kind of animals used, change procedures, etc.) must amend the PRF and resubmit it for review. 

New forms and procedures are available on CANVAS.

Please contact IACUC Chair, David Daberkow, Ph.D. Biology with questions about forms or procedures.


IACUC Chair:  David Daberkow, Ph.D., 359-2259

Biology Department Technician: Mike Satterwhite, 359-2793

IACUC Members

IACUC Policies

EWU Guidelines for the Care of Rats and Mice

Federal Guidelines

Committee Composition Rules

Disaster Plan for Animal Facilities

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