The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for the oversight of all live vertebrate animals used in teaching and research at UNLV. Its mission is to facilitate UNLV research and education through the provision of high-quality, ethical, and humane animal care and oversight. The UNLV IACUC also conducts a scientific merit review of all research activities prior to consideration of approval.
Administered by the Office of Research Integrity, Animal Care Services provides animal care in compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations. The program is fully accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation for Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).
An eligible principal investigator must be the official researcher of record on all IACUC protocols. Please review the PI Eligibility Policy to determine who may serve in this role. Students may not serve in the role of PI on a research project; however, they may submit protocols as student investigators working under a faculty member who serves as the PI on the study.
Researchers may submit a study proposal. Basic steps for registering a new user account are below. For additional assistance on submitting a proposal, contact the Office of Research Integrity at 702-895-5453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once logged into Cayuse simply click the “Start a New Protocol Application” button.
Any change to an existing approved protocol must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC prior to implementing the change. Amendment requests must be submitted through the Cayuse.
All PIs are required to submit an annual review through Cayuse prior to the yearly anniversary of the approval date. As a service to investigators, Cayuse will send a reminder email 60 and 30 days prior to the annual review deadline.
The IACUC reviews all projects every three years. It is the PI’s responsibility to submit a new protocol for renewal in sufficient time to permit the IACUC to review and approve the application prior to its expiration date. All live vertebrate animal related work must stop on a project on the expiration date if not renewed. As a service to investigators, Cayuse will send a reminder email 90, 60, and 30 days prior to the project expiration date.
IACUC Meetings & Submission Deadlines
The IACUC generally meets on the third Thursday of every month. The deadline for submissions of new material for that month's agenda is Monday at noon the week of the meeting. Any materials received after Monday at noon will be assigned to the following month’s agenda.