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 vertebrate animals must complete an animal use protocol application and receive IACUC approval before the proposed activities may begin. Although the IACUC meets semi-annually, protocols are reviewed year-round and can be submitted for review anytime. All animal use forms for proposed activities are located at the bottom of this page and should be submitted to

IACUC members and Key Personnel (PDF) are required to complete ethics training. IACUC Members are required to complete the appropriate training course upon appointment. Key personnel listed on IACUC protocol submissions must have completed the appropriate CITI training course before protocol submission. Failure to comply with the training requirement will result in the protocol submission being returned to the study team. Please see the Chico State research ethics training informational website for additional information.

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 Institutional Official (IO). Sharon can answer general questions regarding the use of vertebrate animals and can be reached at

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Contact Information

The IACUC is available during normal business hours from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. For summer, business hours are 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Phone: 530-898-3145
Fax: 530-898-4438

Sharon Ruggirello
Research, Integrity, and Compliance Officer
Office Location: HOLT 281A

Mahalley Allen
Institutional Official and Research Integrity Officer

Andrew D'Lugos

Jacob Theil, D.V.M.
Attending Veterinarian

CITI Training Info