IACUC Policies and Guidelines
As a research and teaching institution, Colorado State University is obligated to meet federal standards regarding their animal care policies and practices. These include oversight from the US Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA).
All personnel using animals for research, testing or teaching are required to comply with applicable federal regulations. CSU IACUC considers the federally-mandated policies provide minimum requirements for ethical care and use of animal subjects, and believes that the ethical values of CSU may require a higher standard of care. Therefore, CSU IACUC has developed a number of Policies and Guidelines that communicate these enhanced expectations regarding animal care and use.
- Policies – practices to which faculty and staff must adhere in their use of animals for research, testing and teaching at CSU.
- Guidelines, Plans, Directions, etc. – best practices which should be adhered to in the care and use of animals.
If any member of the campus community has questions or concerns about these policies or guidelines, or animal care in general, please contact us. All concerns are kept confidential, and are protected by Whistleblower statutes.
- IACUC Composition/Responsibilities and Purview
- Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns and Noncompliance
- Animal Facilities Manager Responsibilities Policy
- Animal Identification Policy
- Animal Transportation Policy
- Investigator Managed Care of Animals
- Observation of Animals in Progressive Disease Studies
- Policy on the Adoption of Research Animals
- Policy on Acquisition of Animals
- Policy on Animal Care and Use Program Training
- Policy on Compounding Pharmaceuticals
- Policy on Expiration Dates of Pharmaceuticals in Research Animals
- Policy on Food and/or Fluid Regulation
- Policy on the Maintenance of Anesthetic Vaporizers
- Policy on Multiple Surgical Procedures
- Policy on Social Management of Animals
- Policy on the Use of Expired Materials in Research/Testing/Teaching Animals
- Policy on the Use of Non-CSU Owned Animals
- Policy on the Use of Non-Pharmaceutical Grade Substances
- Policy on Wildlife Management and Nuisance or Invasive Species
- Principal Investigator Policy
- Rodent Breeding Policy
- Directions for CO2 Euthanasia of Rodents
- Guideline on Environmental Enrichment
- Guidelines for Euthanasia of Rodents Based on Humane Criteria
- Guidelines on Pain Categories
- Guidelines for Rodent Survival Surgery
- Institutional Statement on Research at CSU
- Veterinary Care and Exercise Program for Dogs
- Protocol Review Process (VVC SOP) and Performance of Repeat Procedures
- Position Statement in Support of Researchers Utilizing Animal Models
- Post Approval Monitoring Program (PAM SOP)