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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Mission Statement

The primary purpose of the Colorado College’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is to ensure the humane and sensitive care and use of research and teaching animals.  As mandated by federal law, Colorado College’s IACUC is responsible for reviewing all protocols involving live vertebrate animals, ensuring compliance with federal regulations, inspecting animal facilities and laboratories, and overseeing training and educational programs.  In accordance with federal law, the IACUC consists of several faculty and staff from the campus, including at least one research scientist, a non-scientist, a veterinarian, as well as a representative from the local community who is not affiliated with the College.

Colorado College’s IACUC is committed to ensuring that the approval of all animal research takes into consideration the possible replacement of animals, the refinement of studies to alleviate or minimize potential pain and maximize the comfort and welfare of the animals, and the possible reduction in the number of animals necessary to obtain valid scientific data.*

The IACUC serves as a resource for investigators, staff, and administrators using live vertebrate animals in research and teaching. It ensures that animal use is conducted in accordance with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles and is in compliance with regulations. The IACUC also ensures that housing conditions and care are species-appropriate and occur in an environment that is safe and secure for both animals and staff.  Any research project, class activity, or testing procedure involving the use of animals must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC before initiation. 

The IACUC is governed by applicable federal and state regulations, including those of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), Public Health Service (PHS), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is guided by the U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research and Training.