The USDA Animal Welfare Act and the NIH Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Animals require that institutions conducting research with animals establish an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). IACUC is responsible for the oversight of the care and use of all animals used for research at Southeast Missouri State University.
Responsibilities of the IACUC include:
- Inspect all animal facilities, including animal study areas, at least once every six months
- Collect annual reviews from IACUC approved labs
- Prepare reports of these inspections and submit them to the Office of the President
- Review concerns or complaints involving animal care and use at the University
- Make recommendations to the President related to any aspect of the animal program
- Review and assess proposed activities or changes related to the care and use of animals
- Conduct ongoing reviews of activities at least once a year
- Suspend activities involving animals that are not in accordance with guidelines and requirements approved by the IACUC
Federal law and University policy prohibits discrimination against or reprisals for student and employee whistleblowers. Reporting an incident of suspected non-compliance or mistreatment of animals will initiate an investigation. Findings and recommendations are reported to the Office of the President.
Members of IACUC at Southeast Missouri State University are appointed by the President. They include two practicing scientists at the University experienced in research involving animals, one veterinarian with experience in laboratory animal science, one member from the University whose primary interests are in a nonscientific area, and one community member who is not affiliated with the University outside of service on IACUC.
- Dr. Michael Taylor, IACUC Chair, Biology
- Dr. Christopher Baldwin, Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion
- Dr. Samantha Siemers, Agriculture
- Barb Morgan, Community Member
- Dr. Sean Byrd, Veterinarian
- Deborah Jung, Biology Technician
- Pamela A. Vargas, Non-Voting Member, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
The Southeast Missouri State University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) requires that all Principal Investigators with an approved IACUC Application for the Use of Vertebrate Animals (AUVA), and any personnel listed on those applications, complete Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Courses before they are allowed to begin working on the project. CITI Program is a web-based subscription service providing research ethics education to all members of the research community. CITI is a multi-language site used by over 830 participating institutions and facilities from around the world including Southeast Missouri State University. Southeast Missouri State University’s training requirements in animal research are satisfied by completion of specified CITI training courses.
Prior to working on an approved IACUC project, all research personnel must complete Southeast Missouri State University’s course in animal research entitled, "Working With the IACUC" as well as any applicable species-specific modules. An aggregate score of 80% must be achieved for all modules within a course in order to pass the course. CITI training is valid for 3 years following successful course completion with reminders sent by the CITI Program 90 days prior to the expiration of training. In addition to taking required training modules, it is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to ensure that any new research personnel are added to existing IACUC protocols.
Certain protocols may not be required to fill out an entire proposal. Form X lists possible exemptions. If you fill out Form X, you may not start the project or class activity until the IACUC committee has approved the exemption. If you are not sure if your project meets the exemption criteria, please contact the chair of the IACUC committee. When completed, send the form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Form A - Cover Page (DOC) (Must be included with all new proposals)
Off Campus Activities
Studies or course activities that do not involve holding animals on campus.
Short Term Campus Activities
Long Term Campus Activities
Use if Applicable
Pain or Distress
Animals in the USDA Pain or Distress Classification D or E or requiring the use of analgesic/anesthetic/tranquilizing drugs
Instruction in a Classroom Setting
Includes: Tagging, temporary capture for measurements