The NKU IACUC
The IACUC ensures that all vertebrate animal research and related instructional activities are performed in a safe, ethical and legal manner as required by the National Institute of Health's Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW). The IACUC is supported by the NKU Office of Research, Grants, and Contracts. The IACUC is committed to overseeing an animal care and use program that provides a humane and compliant environment for animals and supports the research and teaching programs of our researchers, instructors, and students. Protocols describing animal use in detail must be submitted to and approved by the IACUC before animal use can begin.
What does the IACUC Review?

University policy and federal law requires review and approval of proposed activities related to the human care and use of animals by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. 

IACUC approval must be obtained before initiating any research, testing, or instructional projects involving the use of live vertebrate animals.

Before a person can touch, work with, or have access to animal facilities, he/she must first be listed on an approved animal protocol or amended onto an approved animal protocol.

When is IACUC approval
required?

IACUC review and approval is required for:

  • Research projects involving vertebrate animals
  • Wildlife projects involving vertebrate animals
  • Classroom projects involving vertebrate animals           

                                     

When is IACUC approval not required?

IACUC review and approval is not required for:

  • Pre-hatched chicken eggs
  • Tissues obtained from an abattoir or market
  • Tissues from another Investigator
  • Invertebrates (e.g. insects, snails, nemotodes)

 
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Reporting an Animal Welfare Concern 

Any individual who has concerns related to the welfare of animals at Northern Kentucky University is encouraged to contact the Office of Research, Grants, and Contracts (859-572-5136) or Anita Southwick, Manager of Research Compliance (859-572-5168). Raising such concerns is a service to the University and does not in itself jeopardize employment. Northern Kentucky University and Animal Welfare Regulations prohibit retaliation of any kind against a person who, acting in good faith, reports a concern or a suspected violation of animal care and use regulations or standards. 

Click here to review NKU's procedures for reporting an animal welfare concern. 

IACUC Information