The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews all projects involving animals to ensure that they are justified by their benefits and minimize any animal pain or suffering that might occur. This includes research teaching and display of University of Minnesota-owned animals.
The IACUC regularly inspects all projects using animals and all projects housing animals along with the University's Research Animal Resources (RAR) staff. The RAR provides for and disseminates information on the care, health and well-being of animals at the University.
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is comprised of more than 18 members representing University faculty, staff, students, and the local community. Representatives from the University of Minnesota campuses at Duluth and Crookston also serve.
The IACUC is comprised of a single full review panel and an executive panel. IACUC members also serve on the Agricultural Animal Care Subcommittee. The IACUC meets every two weeks to review animal research and related issues. The Executive Committee meets as needed.
Scope of IACUC Review
The following kinds of activities involving animals must be reviewed by the IACUC before they may be conducted:
- Activities conducted by University faculty, staff, or students;
- Activities performed on the premises of the University - Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, Morris, & Crookston campuses;
- Activities performed with or involving the use of facilities or equipment belonging to the University;
- Activities satisfying a requirement imposed by the University for a degree program or completion of a course of study; and/or
- Activities certified by a dean or department head to satisfy an obligation of a faculty appointment at the University, including clinical or adjunct appointments.
More about IACUC
Membership of the IACUC Committee
Agricultural Animal Care Subcommittee
Regulatory Charge & Governing Principles
Basic Criteria of IACUC review