Animal Care & Use

Procedures for all studies involving live vertebrate animals

All animal research, testing, or teaching activities at Indiana University must be thoroughly reviewed before work can begin.

A committee reviews each new study or teaching activity to ensure humane animal care and use, including proper handling and veterinary care. The principal investigator is responsible for submitting a protocol application for review and approval, well in advance of any animal work. All personnel listed on the protocol also must enroll in required animal care and use training.

Requirements and procedures vary depending on where the research or teaching activity will take place.

Lab safety and animal-related injuries

If your research puts you in direct contact with animals, animal tissues, or animal by-products, you must know, understand, and follow the university’s animal care and use procedures. All lab personnel must be aware of the risks and hazards involved with handling animals, as well as what to do in case of a medical emergency.

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Contact someone about animal care and use


Contact the Bloomington Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (BIACUC).

  • Bloomington IACUC
  • Email:
  • Phone: (812) 855-5138


Contact the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at the IU School of Medicine or the IUI School of Science.

  • School of Medicine IACUC
  • Email:
  • Phone: (317) 278-1826

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