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Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee
Our office location has changed! We are now located in Herman D. James Hall, 3rd floor - click here for a close up view of the Glassboro Campus map and James Hall.Rowan University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) mission is to assure the safe and ethical treatment of animals in research. Federal and university regulations require that all research involving animals conducted by Rowan faculty, staff, and students be reviewed and approved by the IACUC before initiation. The Rowan IACUC is comprised of Rowan faculty, a certified veterinarian, as well as a community representative. Currently the IACUC meets on an "as needed" basis.
Some of the following documents are provided in PDF format. You will need the free Acrobat Reader software at the Adobe Website.
Click on the following link to review Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) - FAQs
New! - Recently, an interim policy related to the use of controlled substances in laboratory animals was approved and is available on the Sponsored Programs Policies & Procedures webpage. Click here to view the interim policy.
The IACUC meets on an as needed basis to review protocols. Two (2) mandatory meetings occur in June and December so that the IACUC can conduct site/facility inspections and review the animal care and use program. These meetings can also be used to review any newly submitted research protocols.
Submission Schedule - Currently as needed
The IACUC members are composed of the Chair, scientists, facility/lab managers, attending veterinarian, non-affiliated (outside) community member, and a non-scientist. Committee members are responsible for the reviews and approvals of IACUC protocols and the day-to-day management of the animal care and use program located on Rowan University's Glassboro campus.
Applicant Information and Forms
Application Form (Use this link to obtain the application in Microsoft Word IACUC Application)
Modification Form (Use this link to obtain the Modification/Amendment form in Word) This form is required when changes to the approved protocol or any other approved protocol modifcations done prior to are needed. Some examples include but are not limited to changes of species or medical procedures (surgery) and changes of key personnel (PI or Co-PI).
To review Health Screening Questionnaires and other health related medical forms to be completed prior to employment / working in the animal facility click on the following: Additional IACUC Forms
Instructions for Completing the IACUC Application Form
Please complete the form in its entirety, obtain the appropriate signatures, and send the completed and signed application to the Research Office. If sending an electronic copy of the application, send to SponsoredPrograms@rowan.edu and include/cc firstname.lastname@example.org when submitting the electronic, completed and signed IACUC application. Any questions regarding submission of the IACUC application form, please contact Karen Heiser at extension - 4167. As a courtesy, researchers are encouraged to send an electronic version of the application to the Chair, Gerald Hough.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Is your research going to involve exotic or nongame wildlife?
If so, then you may need to register with the State of New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Agency (click here to go the NJ DEP home page). All Exotic and Nongame permits expire December 31 of the year of issue (unless otherwise noted). Annual Renewal - Report Form Applications must be received by January 31, 2013. If not received by January 31 permit holders will be subject to penalties and fines. If you would like to review the regulations, please click here.
Click here to review the permit requirements and to obtain forms.
Click here to go to the listing of species requiring permits.
Click here to go the the exemption listing of species. This list includes species that do not require permits.
Personnel working with animals in their research should receive initial training in the form of Principal Investigator (PI) instructor led training. The instructor led training will be specific to the animal(s) identified in the IACUC application (research protocol), and the content of the training should include at a minimum how to handle, manage, and care for animals in the lab and in research. The PI of a protocol is responsible for ensuring that personnel working with animals have received initial training that is adequate and appropriate as it relates to the research protocol.
Rowan utilizes the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program to provide continuing education and as a supplement to instructor led training. CITI program is provided via the Internet, module based, and provides a record of class progress. Once an end-user has set-up an account in CITI, the training is available on the Internet and keeps record of module progress so that an end-user can stop midway through the module and return at a later date to complete the module. Currently, mice, rats, fish, and frogs, toads and amphibians are modules available to researchers.
Additional modules include IACUC Community Member, Antibody Production, Working with Animals in Biomedical Research (Refresher Course), Aseptic Surgery, and Minimizing Pain and Distress in Mice and Rats. All personnel are strongly encouraged to take any module that is/may be necessary to complete their work and as directed by the PI and the IACUC committee.
All personnel, including Prinicpal Investigators, working with animals in a research capacity are highly encouraged and strongly recommended to take and complete the "Working with the IACUC Course" prior to submitting the IACUC Application.
CITI Training Instructions
Suspension of Animal Studies
The Institutional Official and any other members of the IACUC committee can suspend animal research if there is significant evidence and/or findings that the animal research was not reviewed and approved by the IACUC Commitee, the research activities were not reviewed and approved by the IACUC committee, or there is blatant and obvious deficiencies and problems in the performance of the animal research. If there is a situation which calls for the suspension of a study, then the following must occur: