Protocol Submissions Forms
Faculty and students of San Jose State University who consider it essential to use animals in their research, teaching, testing or display, whether in the laboratory, classroom or in the field, must adhere to humane principles for the use of animals set forth by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The protocol for animal use will address all aspects of veterinary care, animal husbandry, procedural manipulations, chemical usage, physical and psychological well-being of the animals, euthanasia, personnel experience and training, and personnel safety and must be approved by the IACUC before the project commences.
You are encouraged to contact the IACUC Coordinator if you have any questions or for policy clarification about IACUC oversight of an animal-related activity before starting the project.
Live Vertebrate Animals
For proposed studies involving the manipulation of live vertebrate animals, the standard Protocol Application for Animal Care and Use must be completed (long form). Investigators are to follow the recommendations for Project Categorization of Pain and Distress in Laboratory Animals when completing this form. For proposals that may induce more than momentary or slight pain/distress in animals, the investigator must consult a qualified veterinarian for their input on study design and veterinary care prior to IACUC review.
Non-Living Animal Tissues
Individuals who intend to use non-living animal tissues (including scat, feathers, hair, bone, etc.) from vertebrate animals must complete an abbreviated submission for the use of non-living tissues. The IACUC must approve projects that involve the receipt or analysis of tissues or specimens shared from collaborators internally or from outside institutions for the purpose of evaluating sample acquisition methods, including appropriate permits. Proper knowledge and documentation regarding date, time, and circumstances of tissue or specimen collection may be required by the IACUC. Serendipitous contributions to collections (e.g., road kills) are also subject to protocol review requirements.
For observational studies that do not involve handling or disturbing of a live animal
in its natural habitat, the IACUC requires review and approval of projects that would
entail permission from a government agency to approach the species being studied,
deploy monitoring equipment or to gain regional access to conduct the study using
the abbreviated submission for observational studies. All other observational studies
do not require IACUC review and approval. However, it is highly recommended (or as
otherwise requested by SJSU Foundation or the office of Graduate Studies and Research)
that investigators pursue committee approval for graduate or research projects to
be kept on file with the University Animal Care office.
Abbreviated Protocol for Observational Studies
For the use of invertebrate species, the IACUC requires review and approval of projects that entail permission from a government agency to access, collect, or deploy the species being studied, even if specimens are obtained commercially, using the abbreviated submission for use of invertebrates or fertile eggs. The provision for IACUC approval of invertebrate studies also extends to work involving animal species considered venomous or a threat to public health, endangered, threatened or of special concern [Endangered Species Act, 1972] and for projects involving invertebrate species in which the pain and distress category is considered a category level V (as defined by the IACUC for vertebrate species; see project categorization of pain and distress in laboratory animals above). All other invertebrate studies do not require IACUC review and approval. However, it is highly recommended (or as otherwise requested by SJSU Foundation or the Office of Graduate Studies and Research) that investigators pursue committee approval for graduate or research projects to be kept on file with the University Animal Care office.
Fertile Vertebrate Eggs
The IACUC does require review and approval for the handling of fertile vertebrate eggs. Investigators may use the abbreviated submission form for use of invertebrates or fertile eggs to cover their work. The IACUC may require, however, the use of the live vertebrate application (long form) for activities that involve late stage embryonic development manipulations or for sensitive species. Determination as to which submission form is most appropriate will occur upon consultation with the SJSU veterinary staff prior to IACUC consideration.