Animal Welfare Monitoring

How We Do It

[updated 31 January 2018]

Cal Poly Pomona takes its privelege to work on animals in research, teaching, and testing very seriously. There are several ways as described here to accomplish the objectives of responsible animal care and use. 



Federal regulations require the use of an Inatitutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at any institution that uses animals as per the USDA definition or has vertebrate species research supported by the PHS. The tasks of an IACUC include reviewing all protocols involving the use of animals by an employee of that institution as part of his/her official duties. The meaning of “use of animals” is not limited to usage on campus, but also includes field studies.  

Semi-Annual Inspections

The Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Policy), section IV.B.1.-2., requires the IACUC to review the institution's program for humane care and use of animals and inspect all of the institution's animal facilities at least once every 6 months using the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition (Guide) as a basis for evaluation. Cal Poly Pomona holds the Semi-Annual inspections during Fall and Spring Quarters. The blue sheet (blue because it is printed on firm blue paper) is provided to assist CPP in conducting our semi-annual reviews of programs and facilities for the care and use of animals.

Blue Sheet (updated 20 March 2017)

Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM)

On quarters that do not have inspections (Winter/Summer), a process called PAM (Post-Approval Monitoring) is done. A special form is used to record changes that have occurred in animal facilities since the last inspection was completed. Changes may include the following: new personnel, new animals, new procedures or training, and unanticipated or unusual circumstances concerning animal health, behavior, or death.  It is the responsibility of the facility manager or principal investigator (PI) to complete this form and to turn it in to the Office of Research Compliance. You can learn more about this process by clicking on this link. 

PAM Form (updated 13 February 2017)

CPP Whistleblower Policy

The University and its administrators have made significant efforts to assure propert treatment of animals. Situations may arise for various reasons that deviate from approved protocols and campus policy. If you have been unsuccessful in speaking with the persons involved, please take your cares and concerns to the appropriate responsible persons:

  • Dr. Sadiq Shah, Institutional Official, Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development, 909-869-3898
  • Dr. Joanne Sohn, Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, 909-869-2401
  • Dr. James Alderson, University Veterinarian, 909-869-2093
  • MS. Maya Monges-Hernandez, Research Compliance Associate, 909-869-4215

CPP Whistleblower Document