Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The Animal Welfare Act requires that minimum standards of care and treatment must be provided for certain animals used for research, teaching, or exhibition purposes. All activities and procedures that use vertebrate animals at Fort Hays State University must comply with public laws, policies and guidelines, and be reviewed and approved by the FHSU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee to ensure that such activities are in compliance with all federal, state and FHSU regulations, policies and standards in to ensure proper animal care and use. The IACUC is also responsible for conducting inspections of all areas where animals are housed and used, reviews the institutional program for animal use and reports its findings.

Please contact if you have any questions about animal use and care at FHSU.


Please click on the links to the forms below. Save the forms to your computer, complete the forms, then follow the instructions for submission.

Care and Use of Animals Policy
FHSU Policy. Please read.

IACUC Guidelines and Procedures  
FHSU IACUC procedures.  Please read!

Exemptions for Observational Field Studies and Studies that do not use Live Animals

Noncompliance with IACUC policy
This document describes the procedures and consequences in the event of noncompliance with IACUC policies.

Policy for unscheduled meeting
Meetings in addition to those on the schedule below may be allowed under certain conditions, such as the need to approve protocols for  a grant award or contract. Please see the attached procedure for more information. Requests for reviews of protocols received after the published deadlines are discouraged.

Animal Use Defined IACUC Guidelines
Clarifies and defines the use of animals at FHSU. Approved by the IACUC 1/29/13

IACUC Form A (Research)              
This form is to be used primarily for research, museum collections. Instructional activities that contribute to these purposes are also covered by this application.  For example, use this form if students enrolled in a class are gathering specimens (actual or digital) for a museum collection. Another example would be for "hands on" activities engaged in by students such as banding, trapping, seining, and specimen preparation. There may be other covered activities. Please contact IACUC@FHSU.EDU if there are any questions.

This sample IACUC application is provided for reference.

Approved Activities
Click to see the titles of activities that have already received approval by the IACUC.

IACUC Form B (Teaching)   Word version
This form is used for non-invasive, non-painful teaching, observations or demonstrations.

IACUC Progress Report
This form is used for the first and second progress report of an approved protocol. Third year renewal of an approved protocol requires submission of a new application for full committee review.

 IACUC Amendment Form 
Use this form for minor amendments to an approved protocol

This graphic illustrates the responsibilities for submissions, particularly those from students and staff

 Initial Submission
This graphic illustrates the process and outcomes for initial submissions

 Approved Study
This graphic illustrates the process for activities that have received approval, but now require modification, amendments or approval for continuation

CITI Training Requirement

Completion of the appropriate CITI training is required prior to submission of Form A by faculty. Graduate students and staff at Sternberg Museum, the Wetlands Center and Farm Supervisors that are involved in the use and care of animals are required to complete the appropriate CITI training prior to initiation of activities.

Other Resources:

 Fort Hays State University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Consultants  

TRAINING- Campus training is available by appointment. Contact for more information

IACUC Meeting Schedule


Application DEADLINE  

  IACUC Meetings
(Protocols submitted by the due date in the left column will be reviewed on the meeting dates below)

January 29, 2014 (send application to February 7, 2014
April 2, 2014 (send application to April 2014

 Requests for reviews of protocols received after the published deadlines are discouraged.


Other Resources:

Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals - 8th Edition 

Animal Welfare Act and related information

Animal Welfare Act Regulations-updated November 6, 2013

AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals

Guidelines for the Use of Wild Mammals in Research- American Society of Mammalogists

Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Agricultural Research and Teaching

Guidelines for Use of Amphibians and Fish

Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research