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Augustana College Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Approval from the Augustana College Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is necessary prior to conducting research using animals. There are essentially two paths to this approval: one for research using live animals and one for using non-alive specimens or naturalistic observations.

• Live animal means a living organism about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains data through intervention or interaction with the individual.

• Non-alive specimen means an animal naturally deceased or a tissue sample obtained through approved sources (e.g., another academic institution using federally approved methods or purchased from a biological supply company).

• Naturalistic observation means observation of animals in their natural habitat without intervention. Also included is research involving the collection or study of existing data, documents, records, pathological specimens, or diagnostic specimens, if these sources are publicly available.

If your research uses live animals, please complete the Protocol for the Use of Live Vertebrate Animals and email it to

If your research does not use live animals (non-alive specimen or naturalistic observation) please provide a brief description of your research (including how specimen will be obtained and stored) and how you plan to protect researchers from zoonoses if applicable.

If, as an Augustana student or faculty member, you will be working with vertebrate animals at another institution, you must submit a copy of the IACUC proposal and approval letter from that institution for our records.

For more information, contact Dr. Tim Muir, associate professor of biology, 309-794-3457.