Academic Resources

Office of Research Services

Forms & Instructions

The following are the protocol forms currently in use, both for teaching and research. The renewal form should be used for the renewal of either research or teaching protocols.

Modifications to protocols (addenda) can be made to an active protocol at any time. A letter should be written to the IACUC detailing the specifics of the addendum. Information which should be included are: rationale for the changes, detailed description of the procedures, justifications for the animals and the animal numbers, and etc. Remember that if the procedures described are in Animal Welfare Category 2 or 3, a literature search and a description of the procedures to minimize animal discomfort MUST be included. A copy of the addendum letter must be sent to the Animal Facility Manager.

Important publications useful in filling out the protocol form(s)


Field Studies

Individuals conducting field studies must also submit an animal research protocol form for IACUC review. The standards used for evaluating animal procedures are those espoused by the relevant associations. These field guides can be read at the following web-sites:

American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists (ASIH)
Guidelines for Use of Live Amphibians and Reptiles in Field Research

American Fisheries Society (AFR)
Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research

American Society of Mammalogists (ASM)
Guidelines for the Capture, Handling, and Care of Mammals

The Ornithological Council (from BIRDNET )
Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research

Important Dates

The IACUC usually meets on 2nd Thursday of the month .The completed protocol form, renewal or addendum with the necessary signatures and supporting documentation MUST be submitted by 25th of the previous month. These forms must be submitted to the Office of Research Services (ORS) located at 215 City Avenue Merion Place.

The decision of the IACUC is generally relayed to the investigator by the following week.