Animal Care and Use

The PSU Animal Emergency Response Plan has been developed and approved by the PSU IACUC and by the PSU Emergency Response Coordinated Review.

Please download the document and complete the lab specific sections for your project. Once the document is complete submit a .pdf of the document electronically to and post a copy in your lab.


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 following application forms are under development for use in the electronic records conversion project. The IACUC approved form and addenda are listed below. Once complete, the form(s) must be submitted by email to

Initial IACUC Review

To apply for research, download the IACUC Request to Use Animals In Research Form. In addition to the application, the research may require supplemental addenda to be reviewed.

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 recommended to complete the IACUC research training available via the CITI Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative. 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. Choose courses/modules that reflect your specific work in animal research: 
      • The recommended course includes: Working with the IACUC
      • Some of the following options may be applicable to your research: Reducing Pain and Distress in Laboratory Mice and Rats, Working with Amphibians / Gerbils / Guinea Pigs / Hamsters / Mice / Rats / Rabbits in Research Settings, and/or Aseptic surgery 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. The IACUC also performs semi-annual inspections of all facilities where animals are housed or used for research. Please contact the Research Integrity Specialist 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 the Director of Research Integrity at 503-725-5484.

      IACUC Standard Operating Procedures

      Draft Standard Operating Procedures have been developed and are under revision. Final versions will be posted in Winter 2016. 

      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
      SOP 12 Tissue Use Policy
      SOP 13 Determination and Approval of Minor Amendments
      SOP 14 Post Approval Review
      SOP 15 Animal Holding Protocol
      SOP 16 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.

      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