Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Animal Care and Use

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at California State University, Chico has the primary charge of ensuring that activities involving vertebrate animals, including educational instruction and research, are conducted humanely, do not expose animals to unnecessary risk, and use the fewest number of animals possible to obtain valid results. Federal regulations require activities involving the use of animal subjects to undergo a review by the IACUC. The IACUC is subject to federal regulations of the Public Health Service (PHS) and the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW). California State University, Chico holds a PHS Approved Domestic Animal Welfare Assurance (D16-00696 [A4399-01]).

The IACUC is comprised of at least 5 members, including Chico State faculty members and staff, a veterinarian, and a non-affiliated community member. Per federal requirements, the IACUC conducts semi-annual animal facility inspections and evaluates the University’s animal care and use program. The IACUC submits semi-annual reports and recommendations to the Institutional Official, and reports annually to OLAW per PHS policy.

Faculty who wish to use animal subjects must complete a protocol application and receive IACUC approval before the proposed activities may begin. Although the IACUC meets only semi-annually, protocols are reviewed throughout the year and can be submitted at any time for review. Protocol forms for proposed activities should be submitted to

To support the IACUC on behalf of the university, Sharon Ruggirello serves as the IACUC Coordinator and works in consultation with the IACUC, Chair, and Compliance Officer. Sharon is happy to answer general questions regarding the use of vertebrate animals and can be reached at

Announcing Required Ethics in Vertebrate Animal Research Training (August 26, 2021)

Effective August 26, 2021, all Key Personnel listed on submissions (i.e., new or continuing applications and modifications) to the IACUC will be required to have completed the appropriate CITI training coursework prior to initiation of the review process (PDF). Key Personnel is defined as the Principal Investigator as well as other investigators and research personnel that are directly involved in conducting research including interacting with, caring for, feeding, and handling animal subjects during the course of a research project.

Key Personnel also include Chico State faculty and staff who oversee undergraduate or graduate students in their conduct of animal subjects research. Individuals not classified as Key Personnel (e.g., administrators, department chairs) may elect to complete relevant CITI training courses. Principal Investigators are ultimately responsible for ensuring that all Key Personnel on the study have met the CITI training requirements.

Please visit the CITI Program website for instructions on how to register and complete the training. All inquiries regarding animal care and use should be direct to Sharon Ruggirello at

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Contact Information

Chico State Enterprises

Currently we are working remotely and are available online during business hours from 8 am - 5 pm, Monday – Friday.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Phone: 530-898-3145
Fax: 530-898-6804

Sharon Ruggirello
Research Compliance Coordinator

Susan Roll
Research Compliance Officer

CITI Training Info