Resources for Animal Users

Information for new PIs

Protocol Submissions (page requires UA NetID). The UA IACUC only accepts protocol submissions through the web-based eSirius 3G program. New Principal Investigators must establish an eSirius account by emailing the IACUC Office with their contact information, including UA NetID. 

Orientation: Orientation is available for new Principal Investigators. Contact the IACUC Office to schedule.

See Setting up a lab to perform animal activities for information on establishing a location for live animal activities

See IACUC Do's and Don'ts as a quick reference on IACUC expectations

Regulatory Resources

  • USDA/APHIS Animal Welfare website
  • OLAW website; includes links to the PHS Policy and The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
  • AAALAC website 

Animal health and safety

  • IACUC Office: 520-626-1247, 520-626-5304, 520-626-9071
  • University Animal Care
  • University Animal Care on-call veterinarian - Telephone numbers are posted in each University Animal Care animal facility

Human health and safety

Veterinary resources

Resources for wildlife researchers

American Society for Mammalogists

The Ornithological Council

The American Fisheries Society

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

American Society of Primatologists

Signs of mouse pain and distress

The following article describes the development of the "mouse grimace scale", which is a method for determining levels of pain by examining facial expressions. The article includes clear pictures and descriptions of the facial expressions:

Langford, Bailey, Chanda, et al., (2010). Coding of facial expressions of pain in the laboratory mouse. Nature Methods, 7:447-449.

The following article describes methods for determining the health status of mice, and provides guidance on establishing study endpoints based on health status:

Ullman-Culleré and Foltz (1999). Body condition scoring: a rapid and accurate method for assessing health status in mice. Laboratory Animal Science, 49:319-323.

The articles can be accessed through E-Journals at the University of Arizona library.