Animal Subjects Research

Federal regulations require all research involving the use of animal subjects undergo a review by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to ensure that animals are handled in an ethical manner and not exposed to unnecessary risk.

The IACUC is regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and must apply all pertinent federal and state regulations to animal subjects research.

All students and faculty conducting research, which utilizes animals must complete a protocol form and submit it to IACUC. Blank protocol forms may be downloaded from this site. Although the IACUC meets only semi-annually, protocols are reviewed throughout the year and may be submitted electronically at any time for review. While some research projects may be exempt from full committee review, protocol forms for all projects should be submitted to IACUC.

In the case of funded projects, failure to obtain approval for research could result in cancellation of current and future funding. Furthermore, any non-approved research, which is conducted by individuals associated with the University (student, faculty, etc.), exposes the researchers as well as the University to legal action. 

Investigators intending to submit an application to IACUC are strongly encouraged to review the material from NC State University. This link includes tutorials on ethics in animal research, as well as links to federal regulations for animal research. It is the investigators responsibility to be informed about these regulations.


Report an Animal Welfare Concern

California Lutheran University is committed to the humane and responsible treatment of all animals being used for research, testing or education. All laboratory animals receive proper care and are used humanely in accordance with Public Health Services Policy, the Animal Welfare Act and the institution’s Animal Care and Use Plan policies and guidelines.

All persons involved with the use of animals in research must know how to report concerns with animal care and use. There are no restrictions on who may report an incident. Under no circumstances will reporting such incidences in good faith be harmful to an individual’s standing within the institution. No person will be discriminated against or subject to retaliation for reporting a concern or violation of any animal care and use regulation or standard. Concerns may be sent by phone, in writing, in person, or via email. The person may remain anonymous. All reports of concern will be reviewed, formally investigated if warranted and documented.  The IACUC Chair, Attending Veterinarian, RPO Director, and Institutional Official will be notified of all reports.

To report a concern, contact directly:

Research Protections Office: (805) 493-3761 or

To make an anonymous report, please call (866) 943-5787 or use the following link: