Animal Care and Use

To facilitate the humane use, care, and treatment of animals used for research purposes, Portland State University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees all research activities, facilities, and procedures involving animals.

OLAW Assurance and USDA Number

Portland State University’s OLAW Assurance number is A3903-01. A copy of PSU's Assurance of Compliance with Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals can be found here.

Portland State University's USDA ID number is

IACUC Committee Function and Structure

Portland State University’s IACUC Committee Function and Structure document.

IACUC Applications and Forms

The IACUC approved protocol application form and addenda are listed below. Once complete, the form(s) must be submitted by email to

Amendments of Approved Protocols 

If changes need to be made to an approved protocol the PI must notify the Office of Research Integrity prior to implementing any changes.  Please send an email to outlining the proposed changes. Please attach an updated protocol using track changes or highlight the protocol amendments. The process for approving amendments by the IACUC can be referenced in SOP #13

Adverse Events/Unanticipated Problems

    If an adverse event or unanticipated problem occurs, the following form must be completed and submitted by email to

      IACUC Training

      Faculty, staff and students conducting animal research are REQUIRED to complete the IACUC research training available via the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). All listed personnel must submit a valid IACUC CITI training certificate to prior to protocol approval. Instructions on how to access the IACUC training modules:

      1. Access the site at
      2. Click on New Users Register Here
      3. Select PSU from the Participating Institutions drop down menu
      4. Create username and password.
      5. ONLY ANSWER QUESTION #3. Select 'Yes, I will be engaged in animal research or use animals at PSU'.
      6. Select the specific animals you will be researching. If none on the list apply, please leave this section blank. 
      7. Scroll down and click submit. 
      8. Complete the training modules and send the certificate of completion to

      IACUC Meetings

      The IACUC meets monthly to review all proposals for research involving animals. The IACUC also performs semi-annual inspections of all facilities where animals are housed or used for research. Please contact ORI for specific meeting information at 503-725-4288.

      Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns

      To report any concerns regarding the care and/or use of animals in research at Portland State University, contact the IACUC Chair at 503-725-4239 or ORI at 503-725-4288.

      IACUC Standard Operating Procedures

      Standard Operating Procedures have been developed. Most have been approved by the IACUC and are final. Some and currently under revision (indicated below).

      SOP  1  Adequate Animal Care and Housing Facilities
      SOP  2  Protocol Review 
      SOP  3  Guidelines for Vet Care
      SOP  4  Animal Care and Medical Records
      SOP  5  Disposition of Animals
      SOP  6  Aseptic Surgery Techniques
      SOP  7  PSU Off Campus Animal Protocols
      SOP  8  Multiple Major Survival Surgeries
      SOP  9  Acclimation and Stabilization of Animals
      SOP 10 Animals in Instruction
      SOP 11 Personnel Approval for Animal Protocols (under review)
      SOP 12 Tissue Use Policy (under review)
      SOP 13 Determination and Approval of Protocol Amendments 
      SOP 14 Post Approval Review
      SOP 15 Animal Holding Protocol (under review)
      SOP 16 Adverse Events/Unanticipated Problems and Non-Compliance
      SOP 17 Euthanasia of Research and Teaching Animals
      SOP 18 Environment Enrichment
      SOP 19 Animal Transportation
      SOP 20 Use of Non-pharmaceutical Grade Substances in Lab Animals

      IACUC Handbook

      The IACUC handbook  is also available for review and comment.

        Animal Contact Program

        Portland State University GuidelinesThis is the current version of the PSU Guidelines related to the Animal Contact Program. Please read this information to understand the program. 

        Memo to Faculty: This is a memo including information on who needs to register with the Animal Contact Program; how to register, and what happens registration is complete.

        Participation or Declination Form: This form is for participation or declination in the Medical Health and Risk Assessment element of the Animal Contact program.

        Occupational Health and Safety Information and Resources for Individuals with Animal Contact
        • Animal AllergiesIf you work with animals, you have the potential of developing allergies to the animals you work with. 
        • Zoonotic Risk and Diseases: There are diseases that can be passed from animals to humans. Please read this document to understand these risks when working with animals. 
        • Requirement for RabiesAnyone with exposure to carnivores or rabies-suspect species should be vaccinated for rabies.
        • Risk Assessment ToolThis Hazard Analysis Tool is on the University of California-Davis web site. Click on the animals you work with to be provided information on the risks and health hazards associated with working with those species.
        • Environmental Health & Safety Office: At Portland State, the Environmental Health & Safety Office (EH&S) serves as a resource for questions regarding occupational health matters. They are available for to help if you have any questions.
        • Occupational Health and Safety In Care and Use of Research Animals: This is an important guidance document published by the National Research Council. It details the requirements of a comprehensive OHS program for institutions who use animals in research, testing, and teaching. 

        IACUC Guidance Documents

        IACUC Regulations and Governing Bodies

        Species-Specific Resources

        Rats and Mice


        Amphibians & Reptiles


        Useful IACUC Links