Animal Use and Care

Gonzaga University Use of Laboratory Animals in Research, Teaching, or Demonstration

The use of vertebrates or cephalopods by a member of the Gonzaga community requires approval from the Gonzaga Institutional and Animal Care Use Committee (IACUC). The only exceptions are non-manipulative observational field studies or research conducted off campus under the approval of a separate IACUC.

Faculty are required to reapply each time their research design significantly changes, i.e., new taxa or methods, or every year if the design is unchanged. Students are required to reapply each time their research design significantly changes, i.e., new taxa or methods, or every four months if the design is unchanged.

In order for a project to gain approval, IACUC must determine that it is an ethically acceptable endeavor, that it is not unreasonably duplicative, and that there are no acceptable alternatives.

Here is the application form, which includes instructions and IACUC contact information.

The IACUC consists of at least three scientists, one veterinarian, and one ethicist.

Please note that Gonzaga does not have approved facilities for housing birds and mammals.