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Animal Subjects



Dear Researcher:

We are taking measures to protect the health and well-being of our campus community. As such, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) will follow the guidelines stated in the 3/19/2020 update from UCM Administration to limit close contact between individuals. Please see below guidelines concerning your active protocol on file. If your research has been completed, please notify the IACUC committee by completing the Protocol Closeout Form. If you need to make a change in your original project due to the current campus climate, please submit an Amendment.

No new studies that require animals to be housed on campus are to be initiated at this time.  Procedures for currently approved animal studies are outlined below.

Laboratory Research: All lab-based research activities will be restricted to only essential activities starting March 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Laboratory access will be limited to essential and critical activities. Operations will be restricted to husbandry, veterinary care, and generally maintaining the health of the animals.

Field Research: Research involving field-based sampling that can be completed with equipment maintained by the researcher off-site, transportation to the site is through private vehicle, and the work is completed alone and without required face-to-face contact, can continue at this time.  However, if you plan to continue your field research, you must inform IACUC of your intent to continue sampling.

Those of you requiring more time to closeout your research project must inform IACUC and provide a clear justification for the delay. Any questions should be addressed to IACUC must provide you with written approval to continue your work.

We understand the disruption these actions will cause, and we are here to support you.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC),  guided by federal regulations and ethical principles, is dedicated to the humane care and use of animals in activities related to research and teaching conducted at the University of Central Missouri.  All research and teaching involving vertebrate animals that is conducted or authorized under the jurisdiction of UCM is subject to review by the IACUC.

Researchers are required to complete the CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training certification before a protocol will be approved.

Before Starting Animal Research

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Starting the Protocol Process

Researchers should consult with Research Review ( before submitting a protocol.  They will be able to guide researchers to the correct form for the research project.

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Applications are submitted by the Principal Investigator to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee through the submission form found under the application tab. 

Go to the application tab, click on IACUC submission form, complete your information, attach the application and submit.  For additional guidance and support, please go to the Forms & Resources page.

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CITI Training

OSPRI covers the cost for all faculty, staff, and students to complete as many CITI modules as are available. Researchers must complete the CITI Working with the IACUC module.  If the research is funded through a grant or contract, Principal Investigators must complete the RCR Administrator training and the Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) training modules. Each module’s certification is good for up to three years. Additional information on how to register with CITI is available in the Forms and Resources page.

IACUC Application Forms

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Protocol For Animal Care and Use (Field Project Form)

If a researcher is going out into the field to collect, interact, or get samples of animals, this is the type of protocol that needs to be submitted.


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Protocol For Animal Care and Use (Lab Project Form)

Research conducted in a laborartory environment, such as controlled experiments, needs to have the lab protocol form submitted.


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Animal Incident Form

This must be completed within 72 hours of incident occurring. Should an unanticipated event occur, the form must be filled out to ensure a speedy response to rectify the situation and/or provide necessary treatment.

Animal Incident


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