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Animal Research

Initiating an Animal Research Project


Other Forms and Requirements

Continuing Review Forms and Procedures

Animal Research Guidelines

Policies and SOPs

Training Requirements


Questions about your Animal Submission?

Beth Toth
Research Office Building
Mail Code 151
Office #1A-114
University Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15240
Phone: 412-360-2382
Fax: 412-360-2377

VA Pittsburgh is committed to conducting ethical, high-quality research involving animals. Our program is fully accredited by The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC). Also, in accordance with The Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Animals, VA Pittsburgh has an OLAW-approved Animal Welfare Assurance.

Reportable Events and/or Non-compliance Matters Involving Animal Research

Initiating an Animal Research Project at VAPHS

To initiate a new animal research project or to complete a three-year protocol renewal, the following forms must be submitted to the Research Office for IACUC. Submissions must be made using Microsoft Word and emailed to Beth Toth.

To assist research study staff in the completion of these forms, please refer to the Instructions for Completing the ACORP.

Note: Those items marked with an asterisk (*) are REQUIRED for all submissions.

Animal Exposure Preventive Medicine Program (AEPMP)

Individuals who handle animals (live or dead), their fresh, frozen, or non-fixed tissues, body fluids or wastes within VAPHS facilities or VAPHS-owned property have the option to participate in the AEPMP at VAPHS. Individuals who are conducting the same procedures within VA leased space or who have a partial or full off-site waiver to conduct VA research at an off-site location have the option of either enrolling in the VAPHS AEPMP or enrolling in a comparable program at that institution, provided that the alternate program meets Public Health Service (PHS) requirements. Please refer to the VAPHS AEPMP Policy for additional details. The Initial Exam Form, Annual Review Form and Declination Form should be completed as applicable. In addition, a form for Vets/Non-affiliated members of the IACUC and a form for Non-Research personnel are available.

Other Animal Research Forms and Requirements

Continuing Review Forms and Procedures

Each Principal Investigator will receive a continuing review request form at 90, 60, and 30 days before protocol expiration for two years following initial protocol approval. This form must be submitted to the IACUC for annual renewal. Prior to the 3rd anniversary of protocol approval, the PI will be required to submit all forms and processes listed under Initiating an Animal Research Project at VAPHS (above).

Animal Research Guidelines

Policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Animal Research Training Requirements

All personnel who participate in or supervise animal procedures conducted at VAPHS or work with animals purchased with VA funds regardless of performance location must complete the required training. Details regarding Animal Research Training Requirements can be found in the VAPHS Research Staff Training Document.

Personnel must schedule Animal Research Facility Orientation with the ARF Manager prior to conducting any animal procedures. If personnel are working at Animal Biosafety Level 2 (ABSL-2), he/she must be trained by the Biosafety Officer prior to conducting those procedures.