What to Consider Before Completing an IACUC Application

Fill out an UCSC IACUC protocol application if you are a UCSC affiliate (members of the UCSC faculty or academic research staff) and you plan to teach a class or conduct research, testing, or experimentation that will involve animal use, which is defined as any of the following:

  • Contact with living animals*
  • The use of animal material or samples, such as blood, scat, etc.
  • Observing animals in the field
  • Altering animal environments

Proposed personnel on IACUC protocol applications must complete the following two requirements: the online CITI training and the Occupational Health Surveillance System (OHSS) assessment/clearance. Please complete these requirements before submitting a protocol/amendment application.

Please do not begin activities until you have received final IACUC approval for your application.

New UCSC affliates: If you haven't submitted a protocol application before and you'd like to walk through the process, please contact the IACUC office at (831) 459-3150 or iacuc@ucsc.edu.

*references: https://ori.hhs.gov/content/Chapter-4-The-Welfare-of-Laboratory-Animals-Definitionshttps://www.aaalac.org/accreditation/faq_landing.cfm#A2https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-139.html


What if my research will take place at another institution?

Regardless of where your research will take place, if you are a UCSC affiliate and you plan to conduct research that involves animal use, then you almost always need to fill out a UCSC IACUC application. If you are unsure whether you need approval, please contact the UCSC IACUC prior to initiating animal research at another institution.


Learn about choosing an application form and what happens when you submit a form.