Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

About the IACUC at WesternU

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is mandated by Federal Law, specifically the Animal Welfare Act, which requires that all academic institutions receiving federal funds for animal research establish an IACUC to oversee the use of animals in teaching and research and to ensure that any such use of animals is done in compliance with all applicable laws and guidelines. As part of its duties, Western University’s IACUC reviews and approves all proposals for the use of animals in research or teaching by University personnel before any such activities may begin. The overriding concern of the IACUC is that all research or teaching involving the use of animals is justified and is performed in a humane manner with the fewest number of animals that will provide the desired outcome. The IACUC also conducts semiannual inspections of all animal housing facilities and animal research laboratories under the jurisdiction of the University to ensure that these facilities meet federally mandated standards.

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Animal care-related concerns may be reported anonymously by clicking on this button.

Policies and Procedures


Please use the following links to download IACUC forms and documents. Donald E. Walters, Ph.D. is the Chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). He can be reached at 909-469-5592             or dewalters@westernu.edu.

Helpful Reference Material:

Proof of Compliance

Animal Handling Training