Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee 

The LSU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has developed a series of policies and procedures as guidelines for review of projects that involve the use of animals in research and teaching at LSU. These policies form the basis for the IACUC review and approval of animal use protocols. IACUC reviews all research and teaching activities that involve vertebrate animals. IACUC approval is required in advance for all activities conducted by faculty, staff, or students, regardless of location and funding source.

LSU is committed to ensuring that vertebrate animals involved in research and teaching receive humane care and treatment. Animal facilities are registered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as required by the Federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). This Act provides guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals, their proper disposition, and recordkeeping.