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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Rollins College established the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee to safeguard the welfare of experimental vertebrate animals and cephalopods and to promote professional research.

Guiding Principles

Rollins College established the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to safeguard the welfare of experimental vertebrate animals and cephalopods and to promote professional research. As part of this mission, the IACUC reviews all experiments involving vertebrate or cephalopod subjects to ensure that a high standard of animal care is adhered to in line with the latest laboratory veterinary practices, that the use of animals and their potential discomfort is minimized, that alternatives to animal experiments be used when possible, and that benefits of animal research accrue and are proportional to expected animal distress.  In addition to protocol review, IACUC inspects animal housing facilities and promotes the education of students and researchers in ethical issues and best practices in the handling, care, housing, and treatment of laboratory animals. 

The goal of the IACUC is to work with administration, faculty, staff, and student researchers in a collegial way to enhance the validity of their research by helping to ensure that projects involving animal subjects adhere to established ethical, moral, and legal standards.  Animal research is any activity developed for the purpose of collecting and organizing data from laboratory animals in such a manner as to test hypotheses, address research questions, contribute to generalizable knowledge, or demonstrate phenomena or techniques to students in coursework or research experiences. Displays of animals not for educational and/or research purposes are not under the auspices of the IACUC.  The IACUC reviews proposals to confirm that the project design provides safeguards for research participants.

Research proposals at Rollins College that involve vertebrate animal subjects or cephalopods should guarantee that:

  • Ethical and moral standards are in compliance with federal guidelines
  • Alternatives to animal experiments have been considered but could not evaluate the hypotheses to be addressed
  • A minimum number of animals is used to adequately address experimental goals
  • Rare or highly complex animal models are used only when common and simpler animal models would fail to provide a resolution to experimental hypotheses
  • All attempts to foresee and minimize potential animal distress have been considered and all safeguards that do not compromise the goals of the experiment are used
  • Experiments are conducted by qualified personnel with sufficient training and resources to accomplish experimental goals and minimize the discomfort of animal subjects
  • Protocols are informed be the latest best practices in animal care

The IACUC engages in a full meeting at least 3 times a year. The scheduled meetings are in January, May, and August, roughly coinciding with the beginning of each academic semester and the beginning of summer. A call for submissions is sent out before each scheduled meeting. Send an email to if you would like to be added to the mailing list. 

The Rollins College Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, per federal regulations and best practices, is composed of an attending veterinarian, scientists (specialists), a non-scientist, and a community representative.

Please direct any questions to the IACUC Office at 


Policy Statements of the Rollins College IACUC


The Rollins College IACUC consults with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) to comply with the IACUC best practices, and is in compliance with theGuide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The Rollins College IACUC consults a checklist to guide operating procedures.

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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Rollins College
1000 Holt Ave - 2760
Winter Park, FL 32792
T. 407.646.2570