What All PIs Need to Know About Animal Protocols
- Animal User Orientation
- ARROW Login
- ARROW Tips
- Request Grant Congruence
- Renew and Update
- UW-4111, Training Requirements
- UW-4132, Veterinary Verification and Consultation
- UW-4113, Protocol Non-Compliance
IACUC Office Staff:
- Use ARROW to create and submit protocols. You must complete Animal User Orientation before you can use IACUC ARROW.
- The RARC IACUC office administers all animal care and use protocols, no matter which of the UW-Madison IACUCs has oversight.
- The UW Office of Biological Safety administers biosafety protocols, not RARC.
- The Division of Facilities Planning & Management handles radiation approvals and chemical hygiene plan reviews, not RARC.
- You may submit a protocol prior to arriving on campus if you have been issued a NetID by your hiring department.
- You may list multiple grants on a single protocol or a single grant on multiple protocols.
- Regulations require each protocol to include a search for alternatives to painful/distressful procedures. UW Libraries offers a resource guide to help you get started.
- You must request a congruence check of your protocol and PHS-funded grants. This request can be made on the protocol workspace or contact a congruence specialist at RARC.
- RARC veterinarians must prereview your new and three-year renewal protocols before you can submit your protocol for IACUC review. Use ARROW to submit your protocol for prereview. Allow two weeks for veterinary prereview.
- Specific information regarding animal facility operations such as space requirements/availability, animal shipping and quarantine, and per diem rates are facility-specific and are not handled centrally by RARC. Contact your hiring department, school, or college, or work with the veterinary staff for facility-specific questions.
- Policy UW-4111, Training Requirements, requires that everyone named as staff on an animal protocol - regardless of experience - must complete basic training on animal-use rules, regulations, and safety, and take the occupational health risk assessment. Much of the training is available online, accessible with a UW-issued NetID. You may submit your animal protocol for IACUC review before fulfilling all training requirements. Specific instructions for completing these requirements are issued via email notifications to each unique user.
- PIs are expected to follow all policies established under the authority of the Institutional Official and the Chief Campus Veterinarian (Attending Veterinarian) regardless of school or college. Policies established under the authority of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees apply either universally or to the school or college committee that established them. See Policies.
- PI lab rooms listed on a protocol will be inspected every six months.
- Projects that involve non-contact, observational studies of wildlife species in the field or observational studies of zoo animals do not require an IACUC-approved protocol. Researchers may want to contact the editors of journals in which data from these studies may be published for journal-specific expectations of IACUC approval. Contact the IACUC office or an RARC veterinarian for more information.