Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee

Animal Research Subjects:

Federal regulations and accreditation standards require that all proposed uses of animals undergo review by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC is a faculty committee responsible for reviewing all animal use protocols, ensuring compliance with federal regulations, inspecting animal facilities and laboratories and overseeing training and educational programs. The primary role of IACUC is to ensure the ethical and humane care and use of animals in research, testing and teaching.

The UC Merced IACUC reviews all projects (research, teaching, or other) involving the use of live vertebrate animals. This includes new or competitive renewal research proposals as well as the use of live vertebrate animals in teaching demonstrations and/or student laboratory studies. This review is necessary for compliance with provisions of the Animal Welfare Act, for federal granting agencies, and for maintaining our Animal Welfare Assurance and USDA Registration.

Animal Welfare Assurance # (AWA):  A4561-01


Applications for full committee review must be received in the Office of Research 6 business days before the scheduled meeting in order to be reviewed that month (NO EXCEPTIONS). You can download application forms below.

IACUC Application Forms & Instructions

**Please submit your protocols, amendments and renewals through the RC Drop Box**

*All applications must be submitted 6 business days prior to IACUC meeting
   Meeting Schedule -  3rd Thrusday of every month through June 2013.

*Thursday, February 21, 2013

*Thursday, March 21, 2013

*Thursday, April 25, 2013

*Thursday, May 23, 2013

*Thursday, June 20, 2013


The UC Merced IACUC meets every third Thursday of the month.  

Please note that the IACUC may not meet every month during the summer. 

What Investigators Need to Know About the Use of Animals

Animal Research Alternatives (UC Merced Library Resources)

Training for Animal Researchers

IACUC Application and Protocol Preparation Checklist

USDA Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) - Research Animals