Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Vertebrate Animals

The use of live vertebrate animals in research and educational programs in the United States must be in accordance with the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (the Guide), the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), and the regulations of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

To comply with these policies and regulations, every research institution in the United States must have an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). This committee has to be appointed by the chief executive officer of the institution and has to be representative of the entire institution. The committee must have a non-scientist member as well as a representative from the community who has no association with the University.

Jacksonville University must remain in compliance with the policies and regulations governing the use of live vertebrate animals in research and educational programs. The JU IACUC is responsible for insuring this compliance. The IACUC reports to the Institutional Official. The Institutional Official at Jacksonville University is Dr. Sherri Jackson, Vice Provost.  The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has administrative oversight over animal care and use and the IACUC.

Forms and Guidance

Each IACUC submission must have certain forms and documents included in the submission in order to meet the requirements for approval. Because the forms are updated periodically, PI's are advised to download new blank forms as needed directly from the ORSP website. All materials should be submitted electronically as Microsoft Office documents to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at by the announced deadline. Upon receipt of an application, the ORSP will conduct an administrative review and return the package to the applicant if it is incomplete. If the application is complete and clear upon first submission or upon re-submission, the ORSP will distribute the application electronically to the IACUC members.

2022 Meeting Dates

The IACUC meets twice a year, late-spring and in mid-fall. To allow for adequate review by the IACUC, proposals should be submitted well in advance of the preferred start date. While every effort should be made to submit a proposal during the fall and spring review period, there are instances that may arise that make the schedule unconducive to research and teaching. Special requests for proposal reviews outside of the schedule will be considered on a case by case basis. PIs requesting a special review outside of the time parameters above should send the justifications for the request in an email to the IACUC Chair. Completed application packages are accepted via email at

For Research & Course Occuring:

  • Spring Semester 2022
    • Submission Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2022
    • Meeting Date: TBA, April 2022
  • Fall Semester 2022
    • Submission Deadline: TBA, September 2022
    • Meeting Date: TBA, October 2022


For additional information, contact:

Dr. Claire Torres-Lugo

Research Compliance Coordinator

Dr. Natasha Vanderhoff

Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee