Earlham College is committed to providing humane treatment and care for all of its animals, and to compliance with applicable federal and state regulations. To this end, our Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) establishes animal care policies and oversees research and teaching with vertebrate animals at Earlham. IACUC is a standing committee with the authority to review, approve, reject, or terminate any or all procedures and studies involving use of live vertebrate animals.
The members of Earlham’s IACUC are as follows:
- Katie Alyea, Business Development Manager at West End Bank
- Jeff Logue, TLC Pet Hospital Veterinarian
- Sara Paule, IACUC Convener; Director of Sponsored Programs and Foundation Relations
- Bob Rosenberg, Professor of Biology
- Yasu Shigenaga, Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Linguistics
- Wendy Tori, Associate Professor of Biology
All research at Earlham involving the use of non-human vertebrate animals must be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) prior to start of the project.
To obtain approval, please download and complete the appropriate form. Completed forms should be sent to the IACUC Convener, Sara Paule, as per the instructions on the form.
No research using vertebrate animals may begin prior to official IACUC approval.*
All Earlham faculty members, staff members and students who work with or come into contact with laboratory animals should have appropriate training on handling the animals and developing research protocols. Training should include humane treatment of the animal, including minimization of pain and distress, researching alternatives and reporting deficiencies.
For this purpose, Earlham subscribes to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program on Animal Care and Use. If you are an animal researcher or technician at Earlham, you must register and complete the training appropriate to the work you do:
- Navigate to www.citiprogram.org and select “Register” at the top right of the screen.
- Choose “Earlham College” as your affiliated organization.
- Provide the requisite personal information and create a username and password. Note that providing demographic information is at the preference of CITI and voluntary.
- When asked about Continuing Education Credits, simply select “No.”
- At the final screen, “Step 7,” you will be able to enroll in the appropriate course. Scroll down to “Question 3: Laboratory Animal Research” and select the appropriate category for the type of work you will be conducting from the following list:
- Rodent Researchers (Faculty and student who use rodents in laboratory-based teaching and research)
- Vertebrate Lab Researchers (Faculty and students who use vertebrates in laboratory-based teaching and research)
- Field Researchers (Faculty and students who use vertebrates in field research)
- Animal Technicians
If there is specific species you intend to work with, please also check the appropriate box from the additional list of animal-specific courses and then submit your selections.
Complete the Training
- Click on the course name, which should correspond to the category you selected from the list of 3 above (Rodent Researchers, Vertebrate Lab Researchers, or Field Researchers).
- The course is divided into modules that are Required and Optional/Supplemental. Select the first available Required module, read through the material and then take the short multiple chose quiz at the end, which will allow you to proceed to the next module. Your score for the quiz will be recorded by the system.
- Complete all Required modules with a cumulative pass rate of 80%. You may review and retake the quiz for any module after completion. The course does not need to be completed in one sitting, simply use your previously created username and password to log back in at www.citiprogram.org.
Occupational Health and Safety
The primary text for understanding the health and safety risks inherent in working with laboratory animals is the text “Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.” Most precautions are common sense:
- Practice good hygiene, including washing hands before and after handling animals
- Wear appropriate clothing and use appropriate protective gear
- Dispose of waste properly
- Report any injuries, even minor scratches, and seek appropriate treatment
Reporting Concerns or Deficiencies
Concerns involving the care and use of animals at Earlham College that pertain to compliance with the federal guidelines regarding animal welfare may be directed to the IACUC Convener, Sara Paule or the Academic Dean, Becky Thomas. Concerns regarding the ethics of using animals in research may be discussed with Sara Paule.
Earlham College will not retaliate, and will not tolerate any retaliation by any person, against a College employee who, in good faith, reports an animal welfare concern. Confidentiality of those who, in good faith, report a concern will be protected to the greatest extent possible.
Earlham’s policies regarding animal welfare are based upon the federal guidelines described in the Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations, both of which are detailed in the “Blue Book.” Further guidance is derived from the Public Health Service Policy on Human Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and The Guide for Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) provides guidance and interpretation of the federal guidelines and monitors institutional compliance with federal policies.
*While federal regulations pertain only to vertebrate animals and therefore IACUC approval is needed only for research involving vertebrates, the Earlham community recommends ethical consideration of experimental design with all species involved in research.