The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is required by federal regulation and is intended to ensure appropriate housing, care, and humane treatment of animals used in research or other academic activities. This committee formally approves the maintenance of all such animals for research projects and also reviews any use of laboratory animals on campus and animal field studies research performed by University researchers.
RAO supports this committee and maintains the university's "Assurance" status with federal agencies. The "Assurance" document is actually a way of accrediting BYU to maintain and work with laboratory animals.
Function of the IACUC
The IACUC reviews all research and teaching protocols that involve live vertebrate animals. These studies must have IACUC approval before the can begin.
The IACUC has authority to amend, disapprove, suspend, and terminate studies that fail to meet the requirements established by the university and federal regulations. The IACUC is also responsible to do the following:
- Recommend policies, guidelines, and SOPs to be used in research and instruction that involves vertebrate animals
- Provide informational resources to investigators and students that may help them in their research or teaching that involves animals
- Approve animal facilities and inspect condition of animal facilities (including lab space) at least every 6 months
- Evaluate the university’s animal care and use program every 6 months and make recommendations for improvement of the program
- Monitor the training of researchers, animal care staff, and IACUC members, in accordance with federal regulations and BYU policies
- Review applications for the use of live, vertebrate animals to be used for research or instruction
- Investigate reports related to misuse of animals used in research and instruction
- Prepare and submit reports, as needed, to university officials (RAO and IO) and regulatory entities (OLAW and USDA)
Composition of the IACUC
OLAW requires the IACUC to have at least five members and include the following:
- 1 veterinarian with training or experience in laboratory animal science and medicine, who has direct or delegated authority and responsibility for activities involving animals at the institution;
- 1 practicing scientist experienced in research with animals;
- 1 member whose primary concerns are in a nonscientific area (e.g., ethicist, lawyer, member of the clergy); and
- 1 member who is not affiliated with the institution other than as a member of the IACUC.
Members are appointed by the university president, based on recommendation by the AAVP, and are asked to serve for a term of at least 3 years.
IACUC Policy Summary
- All researchers must submit an animal use protocol and receive approval from IACUC prior to beginning a research project or ordering and/or obtaining animals.
- Researchers must make sure all animal activities being performed are stated in their approved protocol(s).
- If changes need to be made to an approved protocol, an amendment must be submitted to IACUC prior to instituting the change.
- All personnel (faculty members, graduate students, undergraduate students, etc.) working on the project must be listed in the protocol and must receive appropriate training prior to working on the project. When new personnel join a protocol, which has been previously approved, their names and documentation of their training in animal use must be submitted to IACUC before they can begin work.
- All animals must be observed daily by someone in the research group to make sure they have water, food, dry bedding, and that they are in good health and free of any other problems (i.e., unapproved research sequelea; overcrowding; aggressive cage mates; tight leg bands; toes, fingers or wings caught in caging, etc.).
- All animals must be maintained according to the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (NIH publication, revised 2011; copies are available in the IACUC administrative office, A-285 ASB) and BYU IACUC policies . A sanitation sheet is available for all those who are involved in the maintenance of the physical environment of the animals.
If you have any questions regarding the care and use of your animals, be sure to ask the University Veterinarian for clarification. All researchers will be held responsible for complying with all federal and institutional regulations.
New Protocol and Amendment Software
If you plan to submit an animal use application, an annual review, or an amendment to an existing protocol, please contact Jason Jay in the RAO office to learn about iRIS-our new online application system. You can access the software at byu.imedris.net . If you have questions or need help, please contact our office. Jason can be reached at (801)-422-3629 or email@example.com .
To help the IACUC evaluate your research project, the researcher is responsible to complete a detailed application. It serves as a detailed description of the use and justification of the animals involvement in the research.
There has been a recent change to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocol and amendment submission deadline. The deadline to submit a proposal for an upcoming meeting has been moved to the first day of the month preceding the meeting. For example, if you are submitting something for review in the August IACUC meeting, it must be submitted online in the iRIS system by July 1. Once it has been submitted online, it will be routed to the Initial Review Team (IRT) for a pre-meeting review. There will be two rounds of IRT review and two rounds for you to make corrections to your proposal as suggested by the IRT. All final submissions, after two review rounds from the IRT, must be submitted by the 25th of that month with all corrections made.
Please allow two months for processing, review, and approval of a protocol. Do not begin research before receiving approval from the IACUC and a protocol number. All personnel involved in the project must complete the online training before the protocol will be approved. IACUC protocols are valid for a period of three (3) years. Annual continuing review of each protocol will be conducted by the IACUC Chair or his designee. (Generally the review is done by the IACUC Administrator.) The annual review may include a telephone conversation or an interview between the reviewer and the PI or staff that are involved in the research.
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ensures that all vertebrate animals used in research or teaching at BYU-Provo receive ethical, humane, and appropriate housing, care, and treatment. The BYU-Provo IACUC operates under the following:
- PWS Assurance Number-D16-00461 (previously A3783-01)
- USDA Registration Number- 87-R-0003
Non-Animal Emergencies-Please call 911 or 801-422-2222
Animal Emergencies-Please contact the University Vet at 801-422-2262
Adverse or Unanticipated Events
- Adverse or Unanticipated Event Form
- If you have questions please contact the University Vet, the IACUC Chair, the IACUC Secretary, or the IACUC Administrator:
Vet-Sandy Garrett, firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-422-2262
Chair-Brad Berges, email@example.com, 801-422-8112
Administrator-Jason Jay, firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-422-3629
Animal Welfare Concerns
Concerns about animal welfare can be reported directly to the University Vet, the IACUC Chair, the IACUC Secretary, or the IACUC Administrator:
- Vet-Sandy Garrett, email@example.com, 801-422-2262
- Chair-Brad Berges, firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-422-8112
- Secretaryemail@example.com, 801-422-3022
- Administrator-Jason Jay, firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-422-3629
If you have a concern that a research or instruction program is not treating animals in and ethical, humane, or appropriate manner, you may report this using the compliance hotline or email address below: