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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The Saint Louis University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) provides oversight for compliance with all relevant laws and regulations so as to assist researchers, faculty, and students in the conduct of high quality research and teaching, thereby assuring the public of the humane care and use of vertebrate animals used for these endeavors.

Saint Louis University is a USDA-registered research facility that is regularly inspected and files all required documentation, including an annual report.

In addition, under the provisions of the Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the University files required assurance documents to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW). The Animal Care and Use Program at Saint Louis University is fully accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALACi).

It's SLU's policy that no employee shall be discriminated against or be subjected to any reprisal for reporting violations of any regulation or standard.

If you have concerns about potential violations of established procedures regarding the care and use of laboratory animals, call the anonymous compliance hotline at 877-525-5669.

SLU IACUC Internal Web Page

Updated Guidance for the Vertebrate Animals Section (VAS) on Grants Using Vertebrate Animals

A completed Vertebrate Animals Section (VAS) is required for  Public Health Service (PHS) supported research using live vertebrate animals. The National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) has just released an online training module on the VAS in grant applications which can be completed in 20 to 30 minutes. This information is intended to assist investigators in recognizing both the required components of the VAS and the components that are no longer required, with the goals of:

  •  increasing the number of applications deemed acceptable
  • reducing time spent submitting and reviewing extraneous information

For more information,  visit the OLAW VAS website.

If you would like someone to review your VAS prior to submitting your grant, please send your VAS to


Cayuse-eSirius is a web-based compliance management system for animal research supporting the IACUC and the Department of Comparative Medicine.

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