Research Involving Animals (IACUC)
Before beginning research, testing, or teaching activities that involve the use of live vertebrate animals, the principal investigator must submit a Request to Use Animals application for review and approval by the Kent State Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
The IACUC has been established to uphold the University’s commitment to assuring humane care and use of animals in research and education. The IACUC is responsible for ensuring that research involving the use of animals at the University adheres to:
- United States Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Assurance A3571-01)
- The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
- Provisions of the Animal Welfare Act
- University policy
- Other applicable laws and regulations.
Animal Welfare Assurance
The Office of Research Compliance provides administrative support for the Animal Care and Use Program at Kent State, which is accredited through the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC 000665).
Types of Review
There are two levels of review for research/teaching projects involving the use of animals, as defined in the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The IACUC makes the final decision for the level of review that is needed.
- Protocols proposing limited activities (i.e., routine injections or peripheral vein blood collection, non-stressful behavioral manipulations) may be evaluated by a designated IACUC reviewer. Access to a copy of the entire protocol is provided to all IACUC members. If no IACUC member calls for full committee review within a specified time, the protocol is reviewed by the designated review process.
- Protocols proposing activities involving major survival surgery on a USDA-covered species, unrelieved pain or distress (including prolonged restraint), death as an endpoint, multiple survival surgeries, or protocols for which an IACUC member has called for full committee review must be reviewed during a fully-convened IACUC meeting.
Contact the ORC
Office of Research Compliance
Division of Research and Sponsored Programs
207 Schwartz Center