Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Mission Statement:

The mission of Southeastern Louisiana University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is to assure the proper care, use, and humane treatment of all vertebrate animals used in research and education. That care, use, and treatment will be based upon adherence to guidelines as promulgated by the Public Health Service Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and subject to the means and resources of Southeastern Louisiana University.


Policies and Procedures:

The IACUC is to review all vertebrate animal protocols for research, teaching, and housing in university animal facilities, to carry out biannual evaluations of the animal program and facilities, and to provide resources for training of vertebrate animal users. These functions assure national granting agencies of Southeastern Louisiana University's commitment to uphold national and local laws and guidelines for vertebrate animal care and use while supporting active programs of research and education.


General Information for Vertebrate Animal Users:


  1. PHS Brochure: What Investigators Need to Know About the Use of Animals
  2. NSF Policy on the Use of Vertebrate Animals in Research
  3. American Veterinary Medical Association Guidelines on Euthanasia


Guidelines and Forms:


  1. Southeastern's Guidelines for Individuals Using Non-Human Live Vertebrate Animals for Research or Teaching
  2. Forms for Animal Use
  3. Southeastern's Animal Resources and Care Policies (ARACs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  4. Southeastern's Venomous Snake Safety Guidelines
  5. Guidelines for the Use of Live Amphibians and Reptiles in Field and Laboratory Research
  6. Guidelines for Use of Fishes in Research
  7. Guidelines for Use of Wild Birds in Research
  8. Southeastern's Approved Animal Assurance 
  9. Employee Reporting of Animal Welfare Concerns


Other Helpful Resources:


  1. National Academy of Sciences, Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
  2. ARENA/OLAW IACUC Guidebook
  3. PHS Policy
  4. OLAW Website
  5. Tutorial for PHS Policy on Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
  6. National Academy of Sciences, ILAR Website
  7. USDA Animal Care Website
  8. Zoonoses of Mice and Rats
  9. Zoonoses of Reptiles and Amphibians
  10. Zoonoses of Reptiles (and Amphibians)
  11. Zoonoses of Fish




Questions regarding vertebrate animal protocols and practices, IACUC guidelines, or SLU animal facilities may be directed to Penny Shockett, IACUC Chairperson, x3434, or Justin Anderson, Department Head and Animal Facility Director, x2390.