Animal Care and Use

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


Beginning Fall 2017, training for 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 follow this guidance to create a profile and add the course:

  1. CITI Registration Manual
  2. Link to CITI:

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

Animal Care & Use Protocol Submission Form

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

Animal Care and Use Committee Policy (under revision, 2018)
Sacramento State Manual for Facilities and Care of Animals Used in Research and Instruction
Environment, Housing, and Management Guide
Reporting Animal Care and Welfare Concerns

The IACUC is governed by the following federal regulations:

Public Health Services, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services