The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at the University of Utah oversees the university’s animal care and use program. The University of Utah IACUC is comprised of faculty members (i.e., experienced scientists), veterinarians, and representatives from the community appointed by the Institutional Official, the Vice President for Research.
The IACUC is required by Federal law to oversee the humane care and use of laboratory animals. The IACUC reviews and approves proposed activities involving animals, reviews the animal care and use program, and monitors University animal facilities to ensure compliance with standards and regulatory requirements.
Federal law requires the IACUC to conduct semi-annual inspections and evaluations of the animal care and use program and all animal facilities. The IACUC prepares reports of all evaluations conducted and submits them to the Vice President for Research. In addition, the IACUC makes recommendations to the Vice President for Research regarding the institution’s animal program, facilities, or training.
By performing these and other duties, the IACUC strives to ensure that the highest ethical and animal welfare standards are met, consistent with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and University policies.