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Getting Started

You are getting ready to conduct your first vertebrate animal research at the University of Delaware (UD).  As you start planning your study, you need to decide where your work will take place and if your animals will be housed in the UD Animal Facility.  If they will be housed in the UD Animal Facility, you need to contact the Manager of the Office of Laboratory Animal Medicine (OLAM) and make arrangements to have everyone who will be working directly with animals on the project trained in OLAM procedures.

You also need to submit your Animal Use Protocol proposal to the IACUC.  Completed protocols need to be submitted to the IACUC Coordinator eight weeks prior to the IACUC meeting (Please refer to the IACUC Meeting Schedule).  Use the Application to Use Animals in Research and Teachingword documentform to get started.  In addition to this general form, you may need to complete applicable addenda, as listed below.

Will you be using the animals to produce hybridoma monoclonal antibodies?
If so, please add Addendum B word document.

Will you be using the animals to produce polyclonal antibodies?
If so, please add Addendum Cword document.

Will your research involve survival surgery?
If so, please add Addendum D word document.

Will your research involve terminal surgery?
If so, please add Addendum E word document.

Will your research involve wildlife rather than laboratory animals?
If so, please add Addendum Fword document.

 

Some hints for successfully completing the forms:

  • When listing the qualifications of personnel, please include education, years of experience, and specific applicable training.

  • When writing the project summary, please remember that there are non-scientist members of IACUC who need to understand the project.  Avoid the use of technical jargon.

  • When justifying the numbers of animals, use a scientific justification whenever possible.

  • Make sure to include appropriate literature searches.  When doing the required searches for unnecessary duplication of work, the search should not be so narrow as to generate no references found in the results.  Also, please make sure to discuss the relevance of the references found.

Completed protocol forms should be sent to the IACUC coordinator at ud-iacuc@udel.edu. The coordinator will also be able to assist with any questions you have concerning your protocol.