Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC)
(August 28, 2013) - Implemented today was a new "routine" in the eRASQ database software to automatically issue reminder notices to renew one's eRASQ on an annual basis. This is consistent with the expectation of regulatory agencies to help inform and ensure occupational safety when working with animals. The code is new so there might be a glitch or two. Please let the ACUC (Bruce W. Kennedy) know. Incidentally, there are over 800 participants in the program!
(February 27, 2013) - The AVMA has released the 2013 edition of the euthanasia guidelines.
Federal regulations require the use of an ACUC at any institution that uses animals as per the USDA definition or has vertebrate species research supported by the PHS. The tasks of an ACUC 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. A unique feature of this institution, compared to other CSUs, is that we are accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) and have been since 1997. This is the highest standard of accreditation that can be achieved by an institution using laboratory animals. The NIH, in its current policies, accepts AAALAC accreditation as the best means of demonstrating conformance with NIH requirements for animal care and use. The ACUC is responsible for helping to maintain the high standards that AAALAC demands of its accredited institutions.
For detailed information regarding how to submit your protocol, the requirements necessary in order to get your protocol approved (such as training and safety questionnaires), please click below. By clicking on the link, you will get directed to the ACUC page titled "What We Use" which has all the information and steps necessary to complete the protocol process.