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Tubman, Jonathan G.
Vice Provost for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies
American University adheres to the principle that scientific knowledge developed through animal research helps to improve the understanding of human behavior and pathology. The use of animal models provides a way to gain insight into the etiology and possible treatment of the human condition, alleviating pain and suffering, improving human and animal health and saving countless lives...
The AU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is established to oversee the institute's animal program, facilities and procedures and to advise the AU's Institutional Official on all matters of animal care and use at the institute. Accordingly, the IACUC is responsible for ensuring that the institute's animal care and use program is operating in accordance with:
Furthermore, the committee serves as a forum for discussion and decision making regarding issues impacting on the sound application of animal resources to meet the institute's scientific objectives.
The AU IACUC consists of a minimum of five members. The IACUC will be constituted and governed by the requirements and responsibilities for institute animal care and use committees set forth by PHS and NIH policies and the Animal Welfare Act. Members are appointed by the Institutional Official.
Accordingly, AU's IACUC will consist of a minimum of five members meeting the following criteria:
The AU IACUC shall:
- Minutes of IACUC meetings
- Records of animal study proposals and proposed significant changes in previously approved animals study proposals; withheld approvals shall be so documented in the records of semi-annual ACUC reports
- Other communications or recommendations as forwarded to the Institutional Official. All records are maintained for at least three years and, in the case of proposals, for three years following termination of a study.
In order to conduct animal research at AU, you must submit a Protocol for use of Live Vertebrates for Research, Teaching, or Demonstration (.pdf). This form includes the necessary instructions required to submit an Animal Study Proposal to AU's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns
Individuals are encouraged to report any real or perceived animal welfare concerns. Concerned persons should contact the IACUC via email at iacuc (at) american (dot) edu, or may call the Office of Research Integrity at 202-885-3447. Messages may be left anonymously.