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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Animal Care and Use

Temporary Virtual Services

Due to COVID-19, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee have temporarily transitioned to remote services which are available online during business hours from 8 a.m - 5 p.m, Monday - Friday. The physical office for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee is closed until further notice.

Applications, amendments, and extensions will continue to be received, reviewed, and processed via email at Email is the preferred method of communication with our staff at this time.

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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 California State University, Chico 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

On behalf of the University, Chico State Enterprises (CSE) provides the administrative support for the IACUC. CSE staff member Sharon Ruggirello serves as the IACUC Coordinator and works in consultation with the IACUC Chair. Sharon is available to answer general questions regarding the protection of animal subjects and can be contacted at

Please note: All personnel including students associated with a research project that involves vertebrate animals are encouraged to complete online Animal Subjects Research training through CITI Program. 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 directed to Sharon Ruggirello at

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Contact Information

Chico State Enterprises

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Office
25 Main Street, Ste 205
Chico CA 95928-5388

Phone: 530-898-3145
Fax: 530-898-6804

Dr. David Stachura

Sharon Ruggirello
IRB/IACUC Coordinator

CITI Training Info