The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a body of faculty and staff who review animal research proposals and ensure they adhere to ethical standards and federal regulations for the protection of animal subjects. The drop-down menu provides guidance for Sacramento State affiliates proposing to use animals for educational or research purposes.

Please forward any questions to Leah Vargas, Research Integrity and Compliance Officer, at leah.vargas@csus.edu.


Beginning Fall 2017, training in the ethical use of animals in research must be completed prior to new submissions. This training is offered online by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at no cost to you. Training must be completed every three years while studies are active.

Please view the CITI Registration Manual to get started.

Please contact Leah Vargas at leah.vargas@csus.edu with questions regarding this training.

To apply for animal use for educational or research purposes (whether these activities occur on or off campus) please download the application below and email the document to Dr. Jeff Calton, IACUC Chair, at calton@csus.edu.

Animal Care & Use Protocol Submission Form

To learn more about the IACUC’s responsivities and/or investigator guidance for completing the Submission Form, please view our procedures.

Sacramento State Manual for Facilities and Care of Animals Used in Research and Instruction

The IACUC is governed by the following federal regulations:

Public Health Services, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/olaw.htm

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalwelfare