Animal Care and Use (IACUC)

About the Animal Care and Use Program

Michigan Technological University is committed to the humane care and use of animals in research and teaching. Michigan Tech’s Animal Care & Use Program supports all activities that directly impact the well-being of animals involved in research and education. Program elements include animal and veterinary care, policies and procedures, federal/state/local regulatory reporting, occupational health and safety, IACUC administration, and animal care facilities and laboratories. The program is composed of an Institutional Official (IO), attending veterinarian, IACUC Committee, Animal Care Facility Director, and Research Integrity support staff.

About the IACUC

Michigan Tech’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees all animal care and use activity at the University.

The Michigan Tech IACUC performs the following functions:

  • Reviews requests (protocols) to use vertebrate animals in teaching, research, and demonstrations
  • Inspects animal facilities for compliance with animal welfare and occupational health standards
  • Investigates any concerns raised regarding the care and use of animals within the University
  • Facilities Inspirational Alliance Agreements (IAA) with collaborating IACUC offices
  • Suspends any activity involving animals when necessary; take corrective action and report incidents to the funding agency, USDA, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), and other entities as appropriate

About the IACUC Membership

The IACUC Membership is composed of a diverse group of Michigan Tech employees, non-affiliated members, scientists, non-scientists, and university veterinarian.  The Committee meets monthly and reviews/discusses protocols, policies, inspections, and facility reports.  Members are appointed by the Institutional Official.