Animal Care and Use

In order 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 1050.

IACUC Application

To apply for research with vertebrate animals click here for the application.  Submit the completed application to                        

IACUC Training

Faculty, staff and students working with animals must complete IACUC training.  Training may be obtained through the CITI Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative.

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. Complete the applicable training modules.
Training materials are also available through the AALAS training modules.

IACUC Meetings

The IACUC meets monthly to review all proposals for research involving animals and performs semi-annual inspections of all facilities where animals are housed or used for research.
The first IACUC meeting of Spring 2014 academic year is tentatively scheduled for April 25, 2014.  Please call Cathleen Gal for more 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 503-725-3086 or the Director of Research Integrity at 503-725-5484.

Guidance Documents

Regulations and Governing Bodies

Species-Specific Resources

Rats and Mice


Amphibians & Reptiles



·  Zoonoses Birds

·  Zoonoses Fish (Including Aquarium Fish)

·  Zoonoses Rabbits

·  Zoonoses Reptiles & Amphibians

·  Zoonoses Rodents

·  Zoonoses Rodents - Wild

·  Zoonoses Small Ruminants & Camelids

·  Zoonoses Wild Carnivores

·  Zoonoses Wild Ungulates

·  Hantavirus Guidelines

·  Other Risk Assessment Resources

Useful Links


Please contact our office with any additional questions regarding the use and care of laboratory animals at 503-725-4288 or by e-mail at .