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Important Update:

The physical campus remains closed through May 31 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many services remain available virtually. For more information, visit the university's COVID-19 website.

Animal Research Subjects

UCO is committed to the humane care and use of vertebrate animals in animal research and educational activities, as mandated by the Animal Welfare Act and implemented by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare of the National Institutes of Health (OLAW).

All research and educational instruction involving vertebrate animals conducted by UCO faculty, staff, or students must be reviewed and approved by the UCO Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) prior to inception, to insure the rights and welfare of vertebrate animals are properly protected. Further information and guidance regarding the laws and regulations which govern the care and use of animals in research and teaching can be found at the OLAW website listed above.

Please direct and questions and protocol submisisons to

Additionally, call (405) 974-5497 with questions you may have.

Protecting Animals in Research

All PIs and personnel working with animal subjects will need to obtain a certificate identifying completion of training for protecting and working with animals in research activities. The steps for registering to take this training can be found here. This certification will remain valid for three consecutive years as required by the Department of Health and Human Services regulations.