All instances of live vertebrate animal use in research, teaching, and/or testing must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) prior to beginning such work. Review of an Animal Care and Use Protocol by the IACUC is required regardless of animal use site (on campus or at UCSB Natural Reserve sites), funding source, species, or animal numbers. The IACUC Animal Care and Use Protocol must be submitted by a Principal Investigator as the responsible party for conducting the proposed animal activities listed in the protocol application. Only faculty members, professional researchers or instructors may serve as Principal Investigators (PIs) on animal protocols. A Post-doctoral Fellow or Graduate Student cannot be a PI.

The following steps are required for protocol submission and review by the IACUC:

  1. Download and complete the protocol application form. The protocol application form can be completed using Microsoft Word or Google docs.
  2. Submit the completed protocol form electronically (via email attachment) to the IACUC Office (
  3. The IACUC Office will review the protocol for completeness (i.e., making sure that all questions are answered), and if the protocol is complete, the protocol submission date will be recorded in the IACUC file.
  4. The IACUC Office will then send the protocol to the Attending Veterinarian for a veterinary pre-review.
  5. The protocol is assigned to the next available IACUC meeting date, after successful completion of the veterinary pre-review.

The duration between protocol submission (i.e., step 3 above) and review of the protocol at an IACUC meeting can be a couple months. No animal work can begin, or continue past the original protocol expiration date in the case of triennial reviews, until the protocol application has been reviewed and approved by the IACUC. The following table lists the IACUC submission deadlines for new applications and meeting dates for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please note, triennial review notices are sent to Principal Investigators and contain the submission deadline. Also note that the IACUC, usually, does not hold meetings during the months of July and August and, while uncommon, meeting dates are subject to change.

If your research involves the use of vertebrate animals, but there is no direct interaction between the animals and the researchers (e.g., field observations, indirect sampling, etc.), then an IACUC protocol may not be necessary. Similarly, if the larval form of a vertebrate species will be used before the vertebrae have developed, then an IACUC protocol may not be necessary. If your research falls into one or more of the above categories, complete and submit a Do I Need A Protocol? form to the IACUC Office. If you are unsure of whether your research would qualify as the direct use of vertebrate animals, contact the IACUC Office for guidance (

For questions about submitting an animal protocol or if you are unsure if you need an animal use protocol, please contact

Submission Deadlines Revision Deadlines Meeting Date
April 22, 2019 June 3, 2019 June 12, 2019
August 1, 2019 September 11, 2019 September 20, 2019
August 28, 2019 October 9, 2019 October 18, 2019
September 25, 2019 November 6, 2019 November 15, 2019
October 23, 2019 December 4, 2019 December 13, 2019
November 27, 2019 January 8, 2020 January 17, 2020
December 25, 2019 February 5, 2020 February 14, 2020
January 29, 2020 March 11, 2020 March 20, 2020
February 26, 2020 April 8, 2020 April 17, 2020
March 25, 2020 May 6, 2020 May 15, 2020
April 29, 2020 June 3, 2020 June 12, 2020