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Wildlife and Field Studies

The BYU IACUC is accountable to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Public Health Service (PHS) for field studies. All research, teaching, and diagnostic protocols using live vertebrate animals require IACUC review.

All such research, including Field Studies, requires that an Animal Use Application be submitted to the IACUC for review.

The Application can be found on iRIS .

Also, due to the diverse nature of field studies, the NSF suggests that professional societies frame field guidelines for their respective areas of expertise. You will find several links to these guidelines in the information below.


• Application for Field Research Trips
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Guidelines of the Use of Wild Animals in Research, American Society of Mammalogists
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Guidelines of the Use of Wild Birds in Research, Ornithological Societies of North America
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Guidelines of the Use of Live Amphibians and Reptiles in Field and Laboratory Research, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
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Guidelines of the Use of Fishes in Research, American Fisheries Society
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Wildlife Research and the IACUC, Animal Welfare Information Center
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Updated Hanta Virus Guidelines, American Society of Mammalogists
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• Researcher Resources
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Guidelines of the American Society of Mammalogists for the use of wild mammals in research
Guidelines To the Use Of Wild Birds In Research
Guidelines For Use Of Live Amphibians And Reptiles In Field And Laboratory Research
Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research