Research and Biotechnology

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

About the IACUC at WesternU

WesternU’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) was established in accordance with federal law, specifically the Animal Welfare Act, which requires that institutions that receive federal funds for animal research establish an IACUC to ensure the humane use of animals in teaching and research and that any such use of animals is done in compliance with all applicable laws and guidelines.  As part of its duties, the IACUC reviews all proposed uses of animals in teaching or research by University personnel and must approve of the activities before any such activities may begin.  The overriding concern of the IACUC is that the use of animals in teaching or research 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