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 or Jeff Calton, IACUC Chair, 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:
 First Time Users: Email with your 9 digit campus ID number and your department. Access will be available on the following business day.
  1. Login to Cayuse with your SacLink username and password  (Mac users, Safari is not supported. Please use Firefox.)
  2. Use the quick guides below for your initial submission, or for other types of submissions.


Submission Type

Quick Guide  

First Submission (First-Time Use) PDF
Revise and Resubmit PDF
Post-Approval Requests/Reports PDF

Animal Care and Use Committee Policy (under revision, 2018)


OLAW Assurance/Procedures
Environment, Housing, and Management Guide
Reporting Animal Care and Welfare Concerns


Occupational Health and Safety Program (OHSP)

All animal personnel must read the OHSP Packet and complete a Risk Assessment and Medical Evaluation prior to commencing animal use.

Each animal facility must have a Health Care Services Facility Poster posted in the lab and a Zoonotic Disease Poster posted outside of the lab.

OHSP Packet
Health Care Services Facility Poster
Zoonotic Disease Poster


Reporting Animal Care and Welfare Concerns at Sacramento State
Online Confidential reporting (for both human subject and animal subject activities)

IACUC Office, 916-278-5674

CSUS Whistleblower Hotline, 800-952-5665


Sacramento State

6000 J Street

Bookstore suite 3400

Sacramento, CA 95819

The IACUC is governed by the following federal regulations and guidance:

Public Health Services (PHS), Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare Website (OLAW)
Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals ("PHS Policy")
National Research Council Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals ("The Guide")
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) Website
USDA Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations ("Blue Book")