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Research Integrity & Education

IACUC (Animal Welfare)

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

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COVID-19 Update

The University of Denver's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is continuing to provide ongoing support of protocols involving the use of animals. Prior to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the IACUC has maintained an Emergency Plan that outlines how the university will handle the disruption of normal research activities in the event of a natural disaster or campus closure. The Animal Vivarium staff and other essential personnel from our PI maintained animal facilities, will continue to provide care for all animal colonies during this time. For more information on research involving animals please refer to the Research tab on the DU COVID-19 website,

Principal Investigators with currently active research projects will still be required to complete annual Post Approval Monitoring (PAM) Meetings with the IACUC Administrator and submit 3-year renewal applications for expiring protocols, if necessary. Please contact Tyler Ridgeway (217-414-9688, or with any questions regarding the status of your protocol.

mission statement

As described in the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Policy) and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide), any research using animals must obtain approval from an Institution Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

The University of Denver has established an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), charged with oversight functions to provide ongoing assessment of animal care and use.

IACUC responsibilities include:
  • Review, at least semiannually, the institution's program for the humane care and use of animals;
  • Inspect, at least semiannually, the institution's animal facilities (including satellite facilities);
  • Prepare reports to the Institutional Official (IO) of the IACUC evaluations;
  • Review animal welfare concerns;
  • Make recommendations to the IO on any aspect of the animal program, facilities, or personnel training;
  • Review and approve, those components of PHS conducted or supported activities related to the care and use of animals;
  • Review and approve, proposed significant changes to the use of animals in ongoing activities; and
  • Be authorized to suspend an activity involving animals.

getting started

IACUC Introductory Guide - "What You Need to Know About IACUC Approved Research"

IACUC Brochure - "An Overview & Checklist for New Faculty & Staff"

Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) 

The University of Denver's IACUC program is accredited through AAALAC, a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. DU's commitment to achieve excellence in animal care and use is demonstrated through obtaining and maintaining this voluntary accreditation.

PHS Animal Welfare Assurance Number: D16-00121 (A3193-01)

Approval Date: October 13, 2020
Expiration Date: July 31, 2024