Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

San Diego State University (SDSU) is committed to ensuring the humane care and use of all vertebrate animals associated with its research and teaching programs. Federal and state, laws and policies such as the federal Animal Welfare Act, regulate the use of animals in teaching and research. The IACUC is housed within Research Support Services. The Vice President for Research is the "Institutional Official" responsible for the program. The program assists the institution and research community in complying with its federal assurance and various policies for the use of vertebrate animals in research and teaching.

SDSU’s IACUC ensures that all research, testing or educational instruction involving animals is conducted in a humane manner using the fewest number of animals possible to obtain valid results.

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Meeting the Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act

  • Overview of the Animal Welfare Act and AWIC
  • Define the 3Rs Alternatives
  • Databases and Non-Database Resources
  • Search Strategies and Live Demonstration
  • Associate the PHS Policy with your institution.
  • Name the office responsible for administering and coordinating the PHS Policy
  • Identify federal funding agencies that comply with the PHS Policy.
  • Reflect on key elements of the PHS Policy and how they relate to alternatives to animals and 3Rs.
  • Name the resources that feed the PHS Policy standards and recognize the requirements they have for alternatives to animals and the 3Rs.


Please fill out the form below if you would like staff in our office to visit your class, group, lab, or student organization to educate you all about the various topics of compliance in completing ethical research including the SDSU Animal Care and Use Program, or submitting IACUC/APF research proposals through iMedRIS. We can appear either virtually or in-person!

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The IACUC reviews and, if warranted, investigates concerns involving the care and use of animals resulting from reports of noncompliance reported by research and facility personnel or by public complaints. Concerns regarding animal care and use may be made anonymously. 

The IACUC encourages prompt (within 24 hours) reporting of concerns related to animal welfare.  Allegations should be detailed and specific, and be accompanied by supporting documentation when possible, to allow for a thorough investigation. All reported concerns are reviewed regardless of how they are received.

Report by Telephone: (619) 594-0905

Report in Person: Contact the Assistant Director of RSS Natalie Gude, Gateway Center Room 2530, email:

Report Online: Click here to submit an Anonymous Incident Report.

Non-Retaliation: San Diego State University prohibits any retaliatory action against individuals who, in good faith, makes a call or written report regarding compliance, or cooperates with an investigation or corrective action.

IACUC Handling and Reporting of Concerns