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The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews and approves protocols for Northwestern's program for the humane care and use of animals, inspects the animal facilities and investigator laboratories, and reports its findings to the Associate Vice President for Research. It also makes recommendations to the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies regarding any aspect of the institution's animal program, facilities, or personnel training.

IACUC Submission Process: All new animal study protocols (ASP), annual certifications, and addenda must be submitted to IACUC. The email for the IACUC office is

Policy: Reporting and Investigating Suspected Noncompliance in Animal Research [PDF]

Coming soon! - A sample Survival Surgery protocol is now available to use as a guide for completing a protocol.

Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM)

The Center for Comparative Medicine (Formerly CEAR) is the centrally administered animal resource that acts as a service and teaching unit for all use of animals in research, testing, and education at Northwestern University.

Committee on Animal Resources (CAR)

The Committee on Animal Resources is a standing committee of senior faculty who serve as liaison between faculty, Northwestern central administration, and the Center for Comparative Medicine on matters relating to all aspects of animal care and use.

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