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OU-Norman Animal Care and Use Program


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Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP)

Mission Statement

The MISSION of the University of Oklahoma (OU) Animal Care and Use Program is to provide a solid and secure foundation for research, testing, or teaching; which is based upon adherence to concepts of animal welfare as a necessary basis for ethical and reliable animal use outcomes. The OU animal care & use program consist of three functional entities (Institutional Official, IACUC, LAR) which serve to buttress each other through internal ‘checks & balances’ – the goal of which is progressive animal care and use in an academic setting.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) on the Norman Campus of the University of Oklahoma oversees the use of vertebrate animals in research and teaching. All users of vertebrate animals must request approval from the IACUC for research and teaching activities.

If you plan to conduct research or teaching using vertebrate animals, you will need to

  1. Submit a Protocol for Research or Field Studies (DOC) or
  2. Submit a Protocol for Teaching or Educational Exhibits (DOC) or
  3. Submit an Application for Protocol Exemption (DOC)
  4. Complete training (staff and students each need to complete training)
  5. Submit an Animal Handlers Health Questionnaire Form (DOC) and receive approval (Questionnaire FAQ)

If you currently have an active protocol, you will need to

  1. Submit an Annual Progress Report (DOC) to the IACUC 
  2. Submit an Amendment to an Approved Protocol (DOC) for any changes to your existing protocol
  3. Submit a Animal Handlers Health Questionnaire Form (DOC) and receive approval (Questionnaire FAQ)