Research Guidelines for Vertebrate Animal Use
This section of the Stetson University website provides the procedures members of the Stetson Community whose proposed or on-going training, research, or teaching (hereafter, referred to as “a study”) uses live vertebrate animals. It outlines the procedure for preparing and submitting an application for a study's approval to Stetson's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
Animal Welfare Act
The Animal Welfare Act requires that anyone who intervenes in the lives of live vertebrate animals or their environments complete training provided by an institution that has an Assurance from the Office of Laboratory Welfare (OLAW). This mandate pertains to investigators, staff members and students working with investigators, and laboratory managers maintaining the animals.
The necessity of using live vertebrate animals in some studies and Stetson University's goal of conducting such studies on campus in ways that minimize the animals' pain and suffering prompted the University to prepare an Assurance of Compliance for Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (hereafter, known as the Assurance). The Federal Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare has approved Stetson's Assurance. It meets the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (published in the Code of Federal Regulations [CFR], Title 9, Chapter 1, Subchapter A, Parts 1, 2, and 3). Copies of Stetson's Assurance and the Animal Welfare Act are available through Stetson's duPont-Ball Library.
Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee (IACUC)
The IACUC oversees the policies of the Assurance and reports to the Institutional Officer, who is responsible to OLAW for compliance with the Assurance. Stetson University's Institutional Officer is Dr. Thomas J. Farrell, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
As a condition of the Assurance, the Institutional Officer periodically appoints members to the IACUC. This committee comprises four Stetson faculty members, a veterinarian, and two members of the broader community who have no affiliation with Stetson University. The current members of the IACUC are as follows:
- Dr. Melissa Gibbs, Professor of Biology and Chair of the IACUC
- Veterinarian and Small Animal Specialist
- Professor of English
- Assistant Professor of Psychology
- Professor of Biology
- Community Representative and Retired Power Company Linesperson
- Community Representative and Retired Office Worker
- BA Office, Retired Office Assistant
Application Procedure for Approval of a Research Study Involving Live Vertebrate Animals
Stetson Assurance from the Office of Laboratory Welfare (OLAW)
Submission of Reports to the IACUC
- Title 9 – Animals and Animal Products: Chapter I, Subchapter A, Parts 1, 2, and 3 – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture (Animal Welfare Act). PDF available
- Education and Training in the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: A Guide for Developing Institutional Programs. 1991. National Academy Press, Washington, DC. PDF Available
- Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals. 1997. National Academy Press, Washington, DC. PDF available
- Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. 2002. Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. PDF available
- Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 8th Ed. 2011. National Research Council, Washington, DC. (the Guide) PDF available