Research Guidelines for Vertebrate Animal Use

IACUC Training for a Research Study Involving Live Vertebrate Animals

All individuals who will be working with live vertebrate animals in Stetson University facilities must complete training before they may submit an application for a study’s approval to the IACUC and before they may work with these animals. The IACUC will not review applications submitted by individuals who have not completed training. In some circumstances, Stetson’s IACUC Institutional Officer, in consultation with the IACUC members, may waive the requirement for training for those investigators who transfer from other recognized sites where they have completed similar training.

Anyone who plans to conduct a research project with non-human vertebrate animals must complete the IACUC training program. The IACUC offers training via an online Blackboard module and resources, which introduce participants to the Animal Welfare Act and its provisions, proper handling of the live vertebrate animals used most frequently at Stetson and the potential for the spread of zoonoses (diseases spread by non-human vertebrates). The IACUC will hold three proposal review sessions every year and will announce the dates by which IACUC training must be completed by any student or faculty who plans to submit a proposal for the next review session.