In any instance when the proposed manipulation of an animal or loss of life of an animal results from the request of an individual, a research protocol must be submitted.
- Regardless of source of funding - the standards for husbandry, etc., are not dependent on funding source.
- Regardless of the location of the activities – required whether the activities occur at this institution or any other institution, domestically or abroad.
- Regardless of ownership of the animals – if animals are owned by another institution with an approved protocol, dual review is not required, but a copy of approved protocol must be submitted to IACUC for tracking purposes.
- An approved protocol must be obtained when using wild animals if activity involves capturing, sampling, or any other disruption to the animal’s environment.
Examples when a protocol is not needed:
- Collecting samples in a slaughterhouse - only AFTER animal has been slaughtered (prior to slaughter requires protocol).
- Observing animals in the wild with binoculars – no contact with animals or disruption to their environment occurs.
- Tissue sharing – frozen tissue provided by one investigator does not require the recipient investigator to have an approved protocol.