What is the IACUC?

The IACUC is the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.  The IACUC is required by federal guidelines for most institutions that use animals in research, teaching and testing.

What does the IACUC do?      

The IACUC oversees the review and approval of the use of animals, animal research protocols and living environments for the animals used in research, teaching and testing.  The IACUC is responsible for ensuring the highest welfare standards for animals used in research, teaching and testing.  The IACUC carefully reviews the scientific goals, objectives and potential benefits of research protocols that are submitted to ensure that project has integrity, quality and warrant for the use of the proposed animals.  The IACUC also ensures that the proposed research protocol complies with University standards, as well as, state and federal guidelines.  Humane guidelines must be used to provide the best possible treatment of the animals utilized for research, teaching and testing.  The IACUC also governs training, ensuring that anyone who will be utilizing animals for research, teaching and testing must receiving prior IACUC training and have completed the IACUC training course and earned their certificate of completion.  This Program will provide suitable orientation, background material, access to appropriate resources, and specific training to assist IACUC members in understanding their roles and responsibilities.  The IACUC will also strive to ensure that proper practices and treatment of the animals are in place to reduce pain and distress to the animals being utilized.  This committee will also evaluate issues brought before the committee.  Anyone with concerns regarding animal welfare may contact the committee and submit a request for review of the protocol in question.

Who does the IACUC consist of?

The IACUC is under the Office of the Provost and the provost will act as the Institutional Officer.  The Provost will appoint an IACUC Chair who will oversee the committee.  An administrator will be hired to assist the IACUC Chair.  An attending Veterinary (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine either certified by ACLAM, ECLAM, JCLAM or KCLAM or with training and experience in laboratory animal science and medicine or in the use of the species at the institution. will oversee all animal research, teaching and testing.  There will be at least one scientific member experienced in research involving animals, as well as, a “nonscientific” (lay population) member, from a  nonscientific background (may be from inside or outside the institution.  There is also a “non-affiliated member” whom is not part of the University and will represent general community interests in the proper care and use of animals.

Statement on Care and Use of Animals 

  • The use of animals in research and/or teaching must be conducted with relevance to the improvement of human or animal health or the advancement of knowledge for the good of society.
  • The acquisition, care, and use of animals must be in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • A review procedure must be in place to ensure that the use of animals in research and education conforms to high ethical, humane, and scientific standards.
  • Replacement, reduction and refinement efforts should be incorporated into the design and conduct of educational activities and research studies involving animals so as to minimize impact on the animals being utilized.
  • Animals must be housed and maintained in humane and environments appropriate to the animal model used in teaching, research or testing.  Veterinary medical care must be available.
  • Training and education of all personnel involved in the care and use of animals must be completed and can be found here. (Link to training course)
  • Sound scientific practice and humane considerations require that any animals exposed to experimental procedures that cause pain or distress receive sedation, analgesia, and/or anesthesia except in rare instances when doing so would negate the research itself.  
  • Humane endpoints should be identified and reviewed by Veterinary staff prior to an experimental procedure to prevent or minimize any unintentional pain and/or distress.

Before submitting proposals, researchers must consult the Daemen University IACUC Policy.

Who must submit to the IACUC?

Anyone who wishes to work with animals must complete the training modules before they work with animals, and they must be approved to work with animals (i.e. on an approved protocol).  Anyone teaching with an animal model, performing research on animals or testing animals must submit a protocol to the IACUC.  Proper IACUC training is required and can be found here.

Submission Instructions

All requests for review of proposals should be submitted to IACUC@daemen.edu according to the following instructions.  Please note that the review process will be delayed if applications are not submitted according to the following instructions. 

  1. All IACUC applications should be submitted through Mentor.
  2. Current verification (completion reports) of CITI training from ALL investigators (including all students researchers and faculty sponsors) must accompany the application (either as a separate attachment or within the protocol application document).  Daemen researchers needing CITI training should access the CITI Program website. Please refer to CITI instructions below (under FAQs) for further information and more detailed instructions about accessing the CITI site and completion requirements.


Proposals for Exempt and Expedited review are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis (no deadlines) and may be submitted at any time without regard to meeting schedule.  For your research timeline, please plan on a 2-3 week turnaround time for the review of applications for Certificate of Exemption, and 3-4 weeks turnaround time for applications for Expedited review.  Proposals that are incomplete or inaccurately submitted will only extend your timeline.
Proposals for Full Committee review must be received 10 business days prior to the scheduled meeting date (see below), or review of the proposal may be tabled for the following meeting.  
Please note: regardless of the type of review being submitted, please plan your timeline accordingly, and allow for the potential for multiple rounds of revision.

Academic Year 2023-2024 IACUC Meeting Dates

Meeting to discuss full-review protocol submissions are usually held once per month on a Thursday via Zoom from 11:30-12:30 PM during the academic year.  Please note that the IACUC does not typically meet to review full-review protocols during the summer – please plan accordingly.

Fall 2023

  • 9/21
  • 10/26
  • 11/30

Spring 2024

  • 2/22
  • 3/21
  • 4/18
  • 5/2