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Submitting an Animal Use Protocol

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 persons holding faculty appointments or professional researcher or instructor positions may serve as Principal Investigators on animal protocols.

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

  1. Download and complete the protocol application form (click here). 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 Coordinator (
  3. The IACUC Coordinator will review the protocol for completeness (i.e. making sure that all questions are answered), and if the protocol is complete, he will record the protocol submission date in the IACUC file.
  4. The IACUC Coordinator 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, continue past the original protocol expiration date in the case of triennial renewals, until the protocol application is reviewed and approved by the IACUC. The following table lists the IACUC submission deadlines for new applications and meeting dates for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please note triennial renewals notices are sent to Principal Investigators and date stampled with the submission deadline. Please note that the IACUC does not regularly hold meetings during the summer months of July and August, and while uncommon, meeting dates are subject to change.


Submission DeadlinesRevision DeadlinesMeeting Date
March 11, 2016
May 11, 2016 May 20, 2016
April 15, 2016
June 8, 2016 June 17, 2016
July 15, 2016
September 14, 2016 September 23, 2016
August 12, 2016
October 12, 2016 October 21, 2016
September 16, 2016
November 9, 2016 November 18, 2016
October 14, 2016
December 7, 2016 December 16, 2016
November 11, 2016
January 11, 2017 January 20, 2017
December 9, 2016
February 8, 2017 February 17, 2017
January 13, 2017
March 15, 2017 March 24, 2017
February 10, 2017
April 15, 2017 April 24, 2017
March 17, 2017 May 10, 2017 May 19, 2017
April 14, 2017 June 14, 2017 June 23, 2017
July 14, 2017 September 13, 2017 September 22, 2017
August 11, 2017 October 11, 2017 October 20, 2017


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


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