Animal Care and Use in Research

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees mouse with beakerall research and educational activities that involve live, vertebrate animals conducted at or sponsored by the University of Kansas, Lawrence campus. The role of the IACUC is to:

  • Ensure compliance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Public Health Service policy, and Animal Welfare Act regulations
  • Direct and evaluate the animal care and use program at the University of Kansas, Lawrence campus
  • Review, approve, and monitor all activities which involve the use of live vertebrates
The authorized Institutional Official for the IACUC is an Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Kansas Office of Research. The IACUC meets monthly to conduct business. IACUC forms and policies are available on the Animal Care Unit website.
IACUC Contact information: 
Heidi Lewis, IACUC Compliance Coordinator
Nancy Schwarting, Post Approval Monitoring Liaison
Heidi Lewis, RGLAT
IACUC Compliance Coordinator
Nancy Schwarting
Post Approval Monitoring Liaison


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