The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a federally mandated committee which is responsible for the assurance of compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations concerning vertebrate use.

The Smith College IACUC provides assistance to principle investigators and instructors in fulfilling their obligations to work with animals in accordance with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.  The IACUC ensures that all research and teaching protocols using live vertebrate animals are designed and carried out in a humane manner and in compliance with all applicable laws, policies, and guidelines.  The IACUC is responsible for reviewing and approving all protocols for research and/or teaching involving live vertebrate animals, ensuring compliance with federal regulations, inspecting animal facilities and laboratories where work with animals is conducted, and overseeing training programs.

Specifically, the IACUC reviews all proposed activities involving live vertebrate animals in research and teaching at the College.

The IACUC reviews, investigate, and take appropriate corrective action as needed for all concerns involving the care and use of animals at Smith College.

The IACUC assesses the animal care and use program using all applicable federal, state and local regulations as guidance. This work includes inspection of all facilities where work with animals is conducted, at least once every 6 months.

The IACUC prepares reports and make recommendations regarding the animal program, facilities, and personnel training to the Institutional Official (IO) regarding the Animal Care and Use program.

Information regarding application submissions, renewals, amendments, committee meetings, general guidance, animal welfare concerns, and other questions can be directed to