Institutional Animal Care and Use

All activities involving animals must be conducted in accordance with humane and ethical principals as established by federal laws, regulations, and guidelines pertaining to animal care and use.  The University of Central Arkansas has an Animal Welfare Assurance on file with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), and, therefore, follows the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.  The information and animal use application form in this manual conform to the PHS Policy.


Animal: any live vertebrate animal (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians).

Activities: research, teaching, training, experimentation, observation, and related activities whether in the laboratory or in the field.

Primary Investigator: the faculty member with primary responsibility for the oversight of the research, teaching, training, experimentation, observation, and related activities.

Animals may not be acquired for use at UCA before approval is received by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).


Name College/Department Address Phone
Jennifer Brinegar HBS/Psychology MAS 25  450-5412
Thomas Cabantac, DVM DVM Conway  327-9200
Shawn Charlton HBS/Psychology MAS 257  450-5415
Brent Hill (Chair) NSM/Biology LSC 150  450-5925
Michael Beard, DVM Non-Affiliated Conway  329-5784
Art Lichtenstein Non-Scientist LIB 212  450-5202

Steve Beal, Research Compliance Officer, 852-7460

Please contact one of the people above if you have any questions or concerns about the quality of UCA's animal care program.  You may also contact a department chair or college dean.

Protocol Review Process

The UCA IACUC uses an expedited review process when possible. In an expedited review, a copy of the protocol application is sent to each IACUC member; members read the protocol and let the Research Compliance Officer know if there is any objection to expedited review. The application is then reviewed by the veterinarian or chair. If a full review is requested or needed, it will be conducted at the next semiannual meeting (if timely) or at a called meeting.

Semiannual Meetings

IACUC semiannual facility inspections and meetings are held in March and September. Contact Steve Beal, Research Compliance Officer, at 852-7460 or for the exact date of the meeting.

Required Education

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) course site provides research ethics instruction in various aspects of the responsible conduct of research (RCR) including human subjects protection, health information privacy and security, laboratory animal welfare, research misconduct, data management, authorship, peer review, conflict of interest, mentoring, and collaborative science.

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

CITI Instructions for First Time Users

Controlled Substance Policy

Policy on Controlled Substances

IACUC Applications and Forms

*** NOTE:  When filling out forms in PDF format please save to your computer and open in the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.  This may require you to update your version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

In an effort to reduce waste and speed up application approval times, we ask that all IACUC-related documents be electronically submitted as *.pdf files to

Due to the time sensitive nature of IACUC documents, DO NOT submit IACUC-related documents via campus mail. We can not assume responsibility for hard copies of documents hand-delivered or sent via campus mail.  All IACUC documents are date stamped and logged into a database when received in the SP/RC office. 

Animal Care and Use Application Form

Final Report for Animal Use in Research or Training

Occupational Health for Animal Care Personnel

Animal Care Personnel Occupational Health Documentation Form

Pain and Distress Classifications

Animal Subject Transfer/ Census Change Form