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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

IACUC Training for Working with Fishes

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is appointed by the Provost of the College to ensure compliance with Federal regulations (Department of Agriculture 9 CFR parts 1 and 2; Public Health Service 99-158) concerning care and use of vertebrate animals in research and teaching activities.

Any type of activity involving live vertebrate animals must be approved by IACUC prior to acquisition of animals or initiation of any research or laboratory exercise.

Projects that may involve such activities include but are not limited to grant proposals, laboratory class exercises, thesis/dissertation research, and independent laboratory research. Prior to any work with fish, all personnel at VIMS, regardless of duration of employment, must:

  1. Complete the Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research (pdf)—a training module developed for the proper, humane treatment of the animals
  2. Take an exam
  3. Contact Paul Nichols (804) 684-7147  if you have any questions.