Any faculty, staff, or student of UWSP who wishes to use animals for research and/or teaching must obtain approval from the UWSP IACUC committee and complete the training tutorial below. Animals covered under IACUC include all live vertebrates such as mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles. All projects must be approved prior to ordering, housing, or using live animals.


CITI Certification – Starting 1/4/16 all individuals conducting animal care and use research projects reviewed by the UWSP IACUC board—including faculty, staff, students, affiliated personnel – will be required to successfully complete CITI’s ACU basic course or show evidence of having done so elsewhere in the next academic year. The current tutorial program will be phased out on this date. Information on the CITI program can be found at It is estimated that the basic course modules will take at least 3 hours to complete but do not have to be finished in one sitting. The refresher course modules will be less time consuming.
If you are submitting your first ever IACUC protocol for the 2015-16 academic year, you will be required to successfully complete the CITI ACU basic course or show evidence that the CITI ACU basic course was successfully completed elsewhere within the last 3 years. To begin your certification with CITI click here.

Current Board Members and Chair

Submitting a protocol - Current Deadline Friday, October 23, 2015

The IACUC committee meets twice a year to review proposals; once in the Fall (mid October) and once in the Spring (Mid April). The chair will send an e-mail with the specific dates twice a year. All new protocol submissions receive full board review. Animal use projects beginning late in the spring semester, in the summer, or early in the following fall semester should be submitted during the spring submission deadline.

Consult the UWSP Animal Care Policy for specifics on animal use at the university.

When submitting forms please send:

  • One hard copy of the protocol, signed by the Principal Investigator(s) and department or division head, via campus mail to:

    Sharon Courtney
    Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
    Old Main - Room 208
  • Questions regarding protocol should be sent to Sandie LaVake (, 715-346-4823 or Shelli Dubay (, 715-346-4178.

Protocol Forms

When including information about animal care in a protocol form, investigators can often refer to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) that were previously created for that particular type of animal. We currently have SOP's for the following animals: