Frequently Asked Questions -Use of Animals

What must be reviewed by the IACUC?

All research, teaching, testing or other use of live vertebrate animals, regardless of the funding source, requires review and approval by the IACUC prior to beginning the project. This includes use of animals in scholarly activities as well as research, e.g., films, performance art, etc.

Who is required to submit?

Any faculty, staff or student conducting research or scholarly activities involving live vertebrate animals. Students are required to have a faculty advisor as the primary investigator on protocols using animals. Courses using animals may file one protocol for the course but must name the persons responsible for oversight of the animal use during the course.

Is there required animal use training?

Yes, and all persons listed on an animal use protocol are required to complete animal user training through the CITI training site located at CITI Program.

What are the requirements to assure occupational health and safety of the study team?

Each member of the study team must file an Occupational Health Form with Ohio University's Occupational Safety Office.  The form is required for IACUC approval.

If animal use involves only observing animals does it require review and approval of the IACUC?

Yes, and there is a shortened version of the animal use application for these types of projects.

How do you submit a protocol for animal use?

Animal use protocols are submitted via the LEO research administration system. All persons working with animals on the protocol must complete the required training prior to approval of the proposal.

How often does the IACUC meet?

The IACUC meets once each month and the deadline for submission for the agenda of each meeting is two weeks prior to the meeting date. Meeting dates are listed on the compliance website.

What is the approval period for an IACUC protocol?

As of December 27, 2021, USDA has replaced annual reviews of protocols already approved by the IACUC with a requirement to conduct a complete review of IACUC-approved protocols at 3-year intervals instead. The IACUC begins implementation of this change at their February 14, 2022 convened meeting.

Given this, all protocols are approved for a three-year period. Any proposed changes must be submitted to the IACUC via the LEO system and receive approval prior to implementation of the change.


How long does review and approval take?

You should allow six to eight weeks for review and approval of protocols. The committee meets once each month and it sometimes takes two meetings for review and approval. Prompt and thorough response to issues raised during review will help expedite the approval turn around time.