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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The Ferris State Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a university committee comprised of voluntary Ferris faculty, staff and community members charged with the oversight and review of the welfare of vertebrate animals in teaching and/or research. It is the responsibility of the IACUC to assure that appropriate care and treatment of all animals and animal facilities used in teaching and/or research activities.

Based on the Federal Animal Welfare Act, Chapter 54:2143(b), all projects involving animals for teaching and or research purposes must be reviewed and approved by the Ferris IACUC.

Investigators, including students, conducting research without the proper approval will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. Issues of violations found in the animal care facility, research labs or other areas must be reported in writing. Reports can be made anonymously; see the Whistle Blower Policy for more information.

Appropriate online CITI training is required of all investigators (employees and students) before activities involving animals may be conducted; a copy of each investigators CITI certificate should be provided with protocol submission. See the CITI training Instructions for further information.