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Animal Care & Use Program


Contact Information


IACUC Chairman

David Patterson, PhD 




Attending Veterinarian 

Ron Banks, DVM



 IACUC Administrators 

 Jourdan Sherman     


Director of the Animal Facility  

Nancy Lorenzon, PhD 



The University of Denver uses the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) as a basis for developing and implementing our Institutional Animal Care and Use Program. The University of Denver's Animal Care and Use Program is AAALAC accredited and PHS Assured.

Any individual proposing to use animals is required to obtain approval from the DU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC is composed of four faulty members, a veterinarian, and two individuals selected to represent the local community. The primary responsibility of the IACUC is to review all research protocols involving the use of live, vertebrate animals and to ensure that all personnel directly involved in animal research have received proper training in the use of laboratory animals. "Animal" is defined as "any live, vertebrate animal used or intended for use in research, research training, teaching, experimentation or biological testing or for related purposes."



Occupational Health Screening

Each year, the Principal Investigator and each individual interacting with live vertebrate animals or animal tissues from an IACUC-approved protocol will need to complete a "Medical History Questionnaire."

The completed and dated form must be placed in a sealed envelope with the individual's name and the Principal Investigator's name on the outside of the envelope and sent/delivered to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Chris Short. The screening form will be reviewed by DU's contracted physician who will advise EH&S if any concerns are identified with regard to the individual working with live vertebrate animals or animal tissues. Such communication will not include any information about the individual's health history or diagnoses but will be limited to communicating restrictions, inoculations needed or other recommendations regarding contact with animals or animal tissues.


Required Animal Research Training

For each new IACUC protocol submission, the Principal Investigator and each individual who will be interacting with any of the species covered by the protocol will need to complete the following prior to submitting:

  • The CITI "Working with the IACUC" basic course for Investigators, Staff, and Students; and
  • The CITI species-specific courses for each species to be used in the protocol. The CITI course completion certificates are valid for 4 years for DU IACUC protocols.
  • The EH&S Lab Safety and Blood Bourne Pathogen courses.

Continuing Education: one in-person training session must be attended by the PI and each individual listed on the protocol per year that the protocol is approved.Training will be reported as part of the annual report to the IACUC. All training must be documented. Click here for the template



Completing the required training and education

Reporting an Animal Welfare Concern 



Please email to request a copy of the 2013-2014 IACUC Policies and Procedures Manual



Reporting Adverse/Unanticipated Events/Animal Welfare Concerns

Controlled Substances



Acclimatization/Stabilization of Animals

Animal Counting & Reporting

Aseptic Technique for Survival Animal Surgery

Cage Density


Fetal and Neonatal Euthanasia (Mouse/Rat)

Medical Records for Animals

Policy for Enrichment

Surgical Disinfectants

Tail Clipping in Mice

Therapy Animals

Toe Clipping in Mice



Principal Investigator Responsibilities and Requirements  




Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

DU Risk Management 

DU Environmental Health and Safety 

ORSP Policies  


Please direct any research compliance questions or issues to the IACUC Administration,



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