Committee Information

The IACUC is a standing committee at The Pennsylvania State University that oversees and evaluates all aspects of the University's animal care and use program. The Committee’s composition and responsibilities regarding animal research are mandated by the Animal Welfare Act and the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals For consistency and transparency, the IACUC follows specific policies, guidelines, & SOPs when making determinations about animal research. Researchers at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine should access information about their IACUC here.


The Penn State IACUC must be composed of, at a minimum, five members with the following qualifications:

  1. An IACUC Chairperson
  2. A doctor of veterinary medicine
  3. An individual not affiliated with the institution, representing the general community interests in the proper care and treatment of animals
  4. A practicing scientist experienced in animal research
  5. A member whose primary concerns are nonscientific

If you are interested in serving on Penn State University Park's IACUC, please contact the Office for Research Protections at

IACUC Responsibilities

  • Review & Approve Protocols
  • Semi-Annual Facility Inspections
  • Semi-Annual Program Review
  • Post-Approval Monitoring
  • Personnel Training
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Reporting
  • Investigation of Animal Welfare Concerns