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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Category: University

Year: 2017-2018

Committee Charge

The University of Wisconsin-Superior supports teaching and research activities, including those that utilize laboratory animals. Scientists recognize that there is a scientific and ethical responsibility for the humane care and use of animals utilized in research and education.  Proper care and treatment of laboratory animals is itself based on research and education.

Investigators have the obligation to plan and conduct animal experiments in accord with sound scientific principles. An Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee is mandated by: (1) National Institutes of Health regulations, Public Law 99-158; and (2) U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations (Animal Welfare Act = AWA), [FR 54:168, 36151-36158, August 31, 1989; 9CFR 2.31].

To assist researchers in fulfilling the obligations they incur in using animals in teaching and research, the UW-Superior Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has been established. The work of this committee is required for meeting regulations enforced by public and private grant funding agencies and for disseminating research through written publication and oral presentation.

The IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) oversees and reviews the care and treatment of animals in all animal study areas and facilities of the research entity at least semiannually to evaluate compliance with Public Health Services Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Federal regulations require investigators to obtain approval of an animal use protocol by the IACUC before commencing research using vertebrate animals.

Instructions for submitting an animal use protocol:

  1. All applicants must complete and submit the Main Protocol Form and the Protocol Addendum.
  2. Some applicants also may be required to submit one or more of the following addenda:
  3. All completed forms must be saved or converted into PDF files and sent to the IACUC for review.
  4. It is the principle investigator’s responsibility to provide the IACUC chair with a signed copy of all approved protocols. Protocols are not active until the IACUC chair has a signed copy in hand.

Questions or animal welfare concerns? Contact [NAME:JOBRIE13], Chair of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.


  1. One practicing scientist faculty member experienced in research involving animals: Jenean O'Brien (Assistant Professor, Biology), Chair
  2. One practicing scientist academic staff member: Matt TenEyck (Director, Lake Superior Research Institute)
  3. One Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Justin Dahl (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)
  4. One faculty and/or academic staff member whose primary concern is in a nonscientific area: Laurel Eaton (Grants and Research Specialist)
  5. One community member who is not affiliated with UW-Superior: Steve Therrien (Community member)
  6. Other: Julie O'Leary (Director, Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Creative Activities)