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Your instructor and teaching assistants have been trained in the procedures you will be conducting during your course laboratories. All procedures have been reviewed and approved by the University of Idaho Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). As a student enrolled in a course that uses animals, you should be aware of the animal welfare regulations governing the use of animals in your class. However, as a student, you are not required to take the Animal Care and Use training unless required by your instructor. You are welcome to voluntarily complete the course at no cost to you, following the instructions here.

The Campus Veterinarian is available to answer questions regarding animal care and use at the University of Idaho, procedures related to securing and maintaining approval for the use of animals, animal care issues, and any other questions you may have regarding the animal care and use program. Contact the Campus Veterinarian at 208-885-8958 or

You may also contact any IACUC committee member with questions.

Notification of contract services for animal use is needed when using contract animal services with outside organizations, such as for antibody production.

All contract services in which live animals are used to produce the desired service endpoint and are funded by federal agencies must be through companies with a valid PHS Animal Welfare Assurance. You must notify the IACUC of your intent to use these services. Be sure to include both the funding agency for your project and the contractor you intend to use. Notify the IACUC.

You should always download the most recent version of the protocol form for application. It is updated as needs arise. Failure to use the current form may result in delays in your approval. The form is located on the Forms Page. Depending upon how you have your Web browser configured, your word processor may automatically start and open the file or you will be prompted to save it to disk. In both cases you need to save the file (to the network, a hard drive or a flash drive) before you can save changes.

You are required to maintain appropriate medical and procedural records for three years after the last time an animal was used on a protocol, or after the life of an animal, whichever is later.

Minimum training is available via an online training system. Full instructions are available on our Training page. Hands-on training sessions are provided according to the needs of individual protocols.

For nonemergency requests to have a veterinarian examine your research animals, email

For emergencies, contact the Campus Veterinarian at 208-885-8958.

By law, the attending veterinarian must approve the use, frequency, dosage and route of administration for all drugs used on research animals. Please directly contact the Campus Veterinarian at or 208-885-8958 for more information on processes to follow.

Office of Research Assurances

Physical Address:

Morrill Hall Room 209
Moscow, ID  83844

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3010
Moscow, ID  83844-3010


Phone: 208-885-6162

Web: ORA Website