Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee

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 Butler Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) exists to oversee the use of animals in research and teaching at Butler University and to ensure that all applicable federal, state, and local regulations governing the use of animals are met.

“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).