Missouri State University

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)


Through the Office of Research Compliance (ORC) and the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC), it is ensured that all animals used in research are treated in a humane and ethical manner and that personnel adhere to all policies and guidelines set forth by state and federal regulations as outlined in Missouri State University assurance letters with the Public Health Service (PHS) and the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW).

Missouri State University’s (MSU’s) IACUC Committee is made up of individuals dedicated to the humane care of animals used in research and teaching.  Committee composition must include a Veterinarian, Scientist, Non-Scientist, and non-affiliated community member.  The primary function of the IACUC is to assist our faculty/staff, students, volunteers, and affiliates in upholding MSU's determination to assure the finest care and most humane utilization of our laboratory animals. Every research, testing, and teaching project involving the use of animals must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC prior to initiation. The IACUC, therefore, shares with the Principle Investigator (PI) the responsibility for the ethical decisions made regarding the care and use of animals. The PI, however, assumes the principal responsibility, and it is the PI as well as other personnel involved in the care and use of animals that ultimately assures the fulfillment of the institutional commitment to the values stated in the state, federal, and University regulations and policies.

The ORC administers the business and executes the duties of the IACUC, provides training and continuing education to researchers, technicians, and IACUC members, and disseminates information on animal care and use, regulatory issues, and animal use protocols.