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IACUC - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

  1. What is the purpose of the Animal Care and Use Program?
  2. I have expired/outdated drugs that need to be picked-up. Who do I contact?
  3. How do I dispose of a Controlled Substance?
  4. What species are covered by the USDA Animal Welfare Act?
  5. Where can I access the Occupational Health Program Application?
  6. How often do I need to take the Animal Care and Use 101 class?
  7. Are laboratory animal skills courses available?
  8. When do I need to submit an Animal Care and Use protocol?
  9. How can I access an Animal Care and Use protocol online?
  10. How do I submit an Animal Care and Use protocol?
  11. How do I amend an Animal Care and Use protocol?
  12. What could happen if I perform procedures that are not covered by my Animal Care and Use Protocol?
  13. Can I house animals in the laboratory overnight?
  14. What is the review process for Animal Care and Use Protocols and amendments?
  15. Who needs to be listed on an Animal Care and Use Protocol?
  16. What are the minimum requirements for staff to be listed on an Animal Care and Use Protocol?
  17. Who can complete the “Risk Assessment” portion of the Occupation Health Program when adding new staff to protocol rosters?
  18. When can I submit an amendment instead of writing a new Animal Care and Use Protocol?
  19. Who is eligible to be a PI on an Animal Care and Use Protocol?
  20. How can I add or remove personnel from an Animal Care and Use Protocol?
  21. How can I verify that I have been added to an Animal Care and Use Protocol?
  22. What is the typical Animal Care and Use Protocol turn-around time? What about for amendments?
  23. What forms need to be completed in addition to the Animal Care and Use Protocol form?
  24. Do I need Biological Use Authorization (BUA) before my Animal Care and Use Protocol can be approved?
  25. Do I need Radiation Use Authorization (RUA) before my Animal Care and Use Protocol can be approved?
  26. Do I need authorization to include the use of stem cells in my Animal Care and Use Protocol?
  27. Do I need an Animal Care and Use Protocol if I will only be observing the animals in their natural environment (without manipulating their environment)?
  28. In my Animal Care and Use Protocol, do I have to include the breeding animals, or just experimental animals?
  29. What is a power calculation and are there power calculation programs available?
  30. How long is my Animal Care and Use Protocol approved for?
  31. I will be collecting wild animals for my work at UC Davis. Do I need other authorizations besides one from the IACUC in the form of an Animal Care and Use Protocol?
  32. Why is a literature search required when writing an Animal Care and Use Protocol?
  33. How can I obtain a letter of verification for a funding agency?
  34. I need the UC Davis Animal Welfare Assurance number for my grant application. What is that number?
  35. What is the UC Davis USDA Registration number?
  36. What is the UC Davis AAALAC Accreditation status?

What is the purpose of the Animal Care and Use Program?

Please see the IACUC Charge

I have expired/outdated drugs that need to be picked-up. Who do I contact?

Please visit the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) webpage regarding the management of "Hazardous Materials".

How do I dispose of a Controlled Substance?

Disposal of Controlled Substances is handled through Environmental Health and Safety. Send an email to hazwaste@ucdavis.edu with the following information:

  • Who (name of Authorized Custodian)
  • What (name of substance)
  • How much (quantity for disposal)
  • Where (location of substance of pick up)
  • Contact Information (name & phone number)

The Hazardous Waste unit will contact you and make arrangements for pickup. If you have questions contact Hazardous Waste @ (530) 752-9718.

What species are covered by the USDA Animal Welfare Act?

Please see the list of species covered by the USDA Animal Welfare Act.

Where can I access the Occupational Health Program Application?

Please visit the Occupational Health Surveillance System Website to access the application.

How often do I need to take the Animal Care and Use 101 class?

Animal Care and Use 101 training is to be renewed every three years.  If you are listed on an active Animal Care and Use Protocol staff roster, prior to the 3-year anniversary of your training date, you will receive an email prompting you to update your training on-line. You have the option to take the Animal Care and Use 101 Retraining Quiz online or retake the Animal Care and Use 101 online course.

Are laboratory animal skills courses available?

The IACUC office offers a variety of courses that pertain to laboratory animal care and experimentation (handling, restraint, injections, surgical skills and blood collection). Additional animal training is available upon request. UC Davis recently subscribed to the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Learning Library. The AALAS library offers a wide variety of online training courses.  Courses include training for the AALAS certification exams (ALAT, LAT, LATG), training on techniques for working with a variety of species, and regulatory training. A complete list of the courses is available at the AALAS learning library website. We encourage you to take advantage of these training opportunities. If you would like access to these courses please send an email to Jessica Davis, jesdavis@ucdavis.edu and she will assign you a login ID and password.

When do I need to submit an Animal Care and Use protocol?

An Animal Care and Use Protocol must be submitted when university owned animals are used for research, teaching and training. Please see the IACUC policy on information regarding trials in non-university (client) owned animals.

How can I access an Animal Care and Use protocol online?

To view a protocol please use the Online Protocol and Amendment System and choose “View This Active Protocol”. You will need a UC Davis Kerberos login and password to enter this system.view active protocol screen shot

How do I submit an Animal Care and Use protocol?

To submit a protocol please use the Online Protocol and Amendment System and choose “Submit New Protocol”. You will need a UC Davis Kerberos login and password to enter this system.Submit new protocol screen shot

How do I amend an Animal Care and Use protocol?

To submit an amendment please use the Online Protocol and Amendment System and choose “New Amendment Request”. You will need a UC Davis Kerberos login and password to enter this system.new amendment request screen shot

What could happen if I perform procedures that are not covered by my Animal Care and Use Protocol?

The IACUC will review the Animal Care and Use Protocol deviation and may send a letter to the Principal Investigator to communicate the importance of making sure that the actual work matches what is described in the Animal Care and Use Protocol.  The IACUC may also choose to suspend personnel or the entire Animal Care and Use Protocol (please see the IACUC Policy on Protocol Suspension. Depending on the severity, the IACUC may be required to send a letter to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and also to the funding agency regarding the Animal Care and Use Protocol deviation, and the funding agency may choose to withhold funding for the period of non-compliance.  To prevent these from happening, please make sure that you do not perform procedures that are not already approved by the IACUC.  You can submit an amendment to your Animal Care and Use Protocol using the IACUC Online Protocol and Amendment System. You can also read OLAW's Guidance on this topic at at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/faqs.htm#report_3 and at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-034.html.

Can I house animals in the laboratory overnight?

Research animals can be removed from approved, dedicated housing areas (vivaria) and housed/kept in laboratories and study areas for up to 12 hours. If animals are to remain in a non-vivaria space for more than 12 hours, the Principle Investigator (PI) must obtain IACUC approval and include Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) forms for housing animals in laboratory approved protocol indicating laboratory housing. Please see the IACUC policy on Laboratory Housing for Research Animals and the template for the required Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) forms for housing animals in the laboratory and an example of a filled out SOP.

What is the review process for Animal Care and Use Protocols and amendments?

Please see the IACUC Policy on Protocol and Amendment Review.

Who needs to be listed on an Animal Care and Use Protocol?

Anyone that comes into direct contact with live animals including the PI, whether it should be through research, training or teaching purposes, must be listed on an Animal Care and Use Protocol. Please note that in order to be placed on an Animal Care and Use Protocol, staff must complete Animal Care and Use 101 and be enrolled in the Occupational Health Program.

What are the minimum requirements for staff to be listed on an Animal Care and Use Protocol?

Before personnel can be added to an Animal Care and Use Protocol they must first participate in the Occupational Health Program and complete the Animal Care and Use 101 online course.

Who can complete the “Risk Assessment” portion of the Occupation Health Program when adding new staff to protocol rosters?

In addition to the Principle Investigator (PI), the alternate contact, lab manager or supervisor can complete the Occupational Health, Risk Assessment form.

When can I submit an amendment instead of writing a new Animal Care and Use Protocol?

An Animal Care and Use Protocol can be amended to include changes only if the changes are consistent with the original protocol objectives. If justification cannot be provided as to how the proposed changes fit in with the original protocol, a new Animal Care and Use Protocol should be submitted. Examples of acceptable amendments include:

  • Change in protocol title, PI, alternate contact or funding source
  • Addition or change in the location of animal use
  • Request for additional animals
  • Additional strains or species requests
  • Modifications in drug dose and route of administra
  • Modification or addition of procedures (experimental, surgical, housing)
  • Changes in anesthetics or analgesics
  • Changes to methods of euthanasia
  • Modifications in pre-, intra-, and post-operative care

Who is eligible to be a PI on an Animal Care and Use Protocol?

The principle investigator (PI) must be a University of California faculty member or employee with career status. Non-university of California personnel, graduate students and residents may be the alternate contact on an Animal Care and Use Protocol.

How can I add or remove personnel from an Animal Care and Use Protocol?

Please use the Online Protocol and Amendment System and choose “Modify Protocol Staff Roster”. You will need a UC Davis Kerberos login and password to enter this system. Please do not submit staff roster changes by using the “New Amendment Request” tab unless a change in the Principal Investigator or Alternate Contact is being requested.modify protocol screenshot

To add personnel choose “Add Personnel”.add personnel screen shot

To remove personnel choose “remove”.remove personnel screen shot

How can I verify that I have been added to an Animal Care and Use Protocol?

To verify that you have been added to a protocol, you can view the protocol staff roster (section 18 of protocol) by opeing the protocol using the Online Protocol and Amendment System and choose “View This Active Protocol”. You will need a UC Davis Kerberos login and password to enter this system. Please note that if you are unable to access the protocol then you have not been added to it. Please consult with your PI and ensure that you have met the requirements to be added. For information on what is required to be on a protocol please see the FAQ- What are the minimum requirements for staff to be listed on an Animal Care and Use Protocol?verify active protocol screen shot

What is the typical Animal Care and Use Protocol turn-around time? What about for amendments?

Typically, from the date of submission, the average turn-around time for a protocol is less than 6 weeks for protocols and less than 4 weeks for amendments. The review process has multiple steps that must occur prior to an item being placed on an agenda, therefore early submission is highly recomended to avoid delays in your research and teaching.

What forms need to be completed in addition to the Animal Care and Use Protocol form?

Under the following circumstance the indicated form is required.

  • If hazardous chemicals, biological agents, or radioisotopes are listed on the protocol a Vivarium Hazard Safety Sheet must be completed.
  • If you have been approved to house animals in the laboratory for more than 12 hours then a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) form must be completed indicating how the animals will be cared for while being housed in the laboratory.

Do I need Biological Use Authorization (BUA) before my Animal Care and Use Protocol can be approved?

If proposed Animal Care and Use Protocols include the use of recombinant DNA, human tissues, human cells, stem cells, viral vectors, generation of knockout or transgenic mice, or any infectious agent, BUA is required before the Animal Care and Use Protocol can be approved. For BUA instructions or any questions regarding BUA requirements, please contact the Biological Safety Office.

Do I need Radiation Use Authorization (RUA) before my Animal Care and Use Protocol can be approved?

If proposed Animal Care and Use Protocols include the use of radioactive material, RUA is required before a Animal Care and Use Protocol can be approved or any questions regarding RUA requirements, please contact the Radiological Safety Program or Environmental Health and Safety Office at 530-752-1493.

Do I need authorization to include the use of stem cells in my Animal Care and Use Protocol?

Any questions pertaining to stem cell work should be directed to the UC Davis Stem Cell Research Oversight (SCRO) Committee for approval.

Do I need an Animal Care and Use Protocol if I will only be observing the animals in their natural environment (without manipulating their environment)?

No. UC Davis Animal Care and Use Protocols are only needed when you will be working with live vertebrate animals in a teaching and/or research activity on behalf of UC Davis.

In my Animal Care and Use Protocol, do I have to include the breeding animals, or just experimental animals?

Animal numbers are determined by the number of breeders and the TOTAL estimate of the number of pups generated.  If only a percentage of the pups can be used for your project (e.g., only male pups, a specific genotype, etc.), that estimate should be included in the calculation of the final number required for the study.

What is a power calculation and are there power calculation programs available?

Power calculations are statistical analyses that can be done prior and after collecting data. Power analysis that is done before data collection is typically used to estimate the sample size needed to achieve power (statistical significance). Power analysis can be used to determine the approximate minimum number of animals required so that an effect can be detected within the given sample size. Power calculations can also be used to calculate the minimum effect size that is likely to be detected in an experiment with a given sample size. For more information regarding power analysis please see the following article in the Journal of Animal Science:

Length R.V. Statistical Power Calculations, J ANIM SCI March 2007 vol. 85 no. 13 suppl E24-E29.

Please see the following links for free power calculation programs:

How long is my Animal Care and Use Protocol approved for?

Please refer to the IACUC policy on protocol renewals (an Animal Care and Use Protocol is active for 3 years with annual renewals required).

I will be collecting wild animals for my work at UC Davis. Do I need other authorizations besides one from the IACUC in the form of an Animal Care and Use Protocol?

This will be determined by the agencies involved. Please check with US Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game, and/or any other agency which may govern work proposed in your Animal Care and Use Protocol.

Why is a literature search required when writing an Animal Care and Use Protocol?

The PI must perform a literature search in order to ensure alternatives have be researched and considered for any aspect of the Animal Care and Use Protocol that may cause more than momentary or slight pain or distress to the animal.

Alternatives to be considered include those that would;

1. Replace animals with non-animal alternatives

2. Refine the procedures to minimize discomfort that the animal(s) may experience

3. Reduce the number of animal used overall

The literature search also helps to ensure the research proposal does not unnecessarily duplicate previous experiments.

How can I obtain a letter of verification for a funding agency?

Use the Online Protocol and Amendment System and choose the protocol you would like the letter of verification for. You will need a UC Davis Kerberos login and password to enter this system.select active protocol screenshot

Choose “View This Active Protocol” view active protocol screen shot

Choose the “Letter of Verification” tab at the top right corner of the online protocol form. This should open the Letter of Verification in a new window. letter of verification screen shot

I need the UC Davis Animal Welfare Assurance number for my grant application. What is that number?

Grant applications often ask for a "PHS Animal Welfare Assurance Number". There is a single Assurance Number for the campus: A3433-01 (Valid until: March 31, 2019).

What is the UC Davis USDA Registration number?

The UC Davis USDA Registration number is: 93-R-0433.

What is the UC Davis AAALAC Accreditation status?

The UC Davis Animal Care and Use Program is Accredited by AAALAC International. Our AAALAC number is 000029. We have been accredited since 1966 and our most recent accreditation letter date is: March 19, 2014.