Institute for Research & Scholarship

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The Butler University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews all protocols involving vertebrate, non-human animals to ensure their ethical treatment. This includes animals that will be used in laboratory courses as well in research. It also includes animals that will be used off-campus by members of the Butler Community. Everyone working with animals is required to review the Butler University Principle of Humane Use of Laboratory Animals and sign verification that they are familiar with the information contained in that document.

The IACUC is made of five members, qualified through experience and expertise to assess the University's animal programs, facilities, and procedures, appointed by the Chief Executive Officer or his/her appointed designee and will include the Director of the Butler Institute for Research and Scholarship, a doctor of veterinary medicine who is experienced in the care of laboratory animals, and a member who is not affiliated with University in any other way than membership on the committee. If the CEO delegates authority to appoint the IACUC then the delegation must be specific and in writing.

The Public Health Service Policy (PHS) requires institutions to establish and maintain proper measures to ensure the appropriate care and use of all animals involved in research, research training, and biological testing activities.

"The committee is responsible for oversight and evaluation of the animal care and use program and its components described in the Guide for the Care and Use of Animals. Its functions include inspection of facilities; evaluation of programs and animal-activity areas; submission of reports to responsible institutional officials; review of proposed uses of animals in research, testing, or education (i.e. protocols); and establishment of a mechanism for receipt and review of concerns involving the care and use of animals at the institution." (Institute of Laboratory Animals Resources, National Academy of Sciences, 1996)