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Getting Started: Quick Guide for New Researchers

I will be working with animals on campus. Do I need to submit an IACUC Protocol?

IACUC Project Determination Form   Project Determination Form 

The Project Determination Form should be utilized by Faculty, staff or students who have self-identified as working with animals that may not be subject to traditional IACUC review process. By submitting this form you will be notifying the IACUC of your activity and within 3-5 business days will have a determination letter from the IACUC acknowledging the activity and providing next steps if required.

What do I need to do to begin a new animal research project at MSU?
  1. IACUC Determination
    1. View the IACUC flow chart to understand what must be reviewed by the IACUC.
    2. If you are still unsure if you will need IACUC approval, submit an IACUC Determination Form
  2. Submitting an Animal Care and Use Protocol
    1. Visit the Forms and Applications page for instructions on how to complete and submit the Animal Study Proposal form.
    2. Details on the review process can be found here.
  3. Occupational Health Clearance
    1. Visit the OHD website for instructions on how to complete and submit the Health Screening Questionnaire for Animal Handlers form.
    2. Contact the OHD office to schedule an appointment for a physical exam. 
    3. Once you have been cleared by OHD, your health clearance is active and must be renewed annually.
  4. CITI training
    1. Register for the required training in the appropriate care and use of animals, specific to the species and type of work you will be doing.  Follow this link for complete information: Research Training and Certification.
What do I need to do to be approved to work on an existing animal research protocol at MSU?
  1. Occupational Health Clearance
    1. Visit the OHD website for instructions on how to complete and submit the Health Screening Questionnaire for Animal Handlers form.
    2. Contact the OHD office to schedule an appointment for a physical exam. 
    3. Once you have been cleared by OHD, your health clearance is active and must be renewed annually.
  2. CITI training
    1. Register for the required training in the appropriate care and use of animals, specific to the species and type of work you will be doing.  Follow this link for complete information: Research Training and Certification
  3. Once the above requirements have been met:  
    1. Your Principal Investigator will inform the IACUC in writing that (s)he wishes to add you to the approved animal use protocol.  This can simply be communicated:
      •  via email and by updating the personnel section of his/her animal use protocol in the next modification, renewal or de novo submission

      or

      •  if coinciding with submission of his/her animal use protocol renewal, modification or de novo, by updating the personnel section within that submission
    2. The IACUC will notify the PI when you have been approved to begin working on the protocol.
    3. You will be sent an invitation to join the MSU Animal Research Community CANVAS course.  Please accept this invitation to receive important information.
    4. NOTE: Additional species training may be required, as per recommendation from the PI or Vivarium Director.
How do I prepare to work in the Vivarium?
  1. Visit the LAR website for contact details and additional information. 
  2. Researchers who wish to be added to an animal use research protocol must follow the steps outlined above.