Beginning April 1, 2022
New Adoption Policy for Research Animals

Research animals that are deemed suitable for adoption by the IACUC must now be adopted out using the IACUC's formal adoption policy and form. These materials are located on the Protocol Review Criteria and Forms page. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the IACUC chair with questions regarding adoption of your research animals and our new adoption policy.

Beginning June 1, 2021
Cephalopod Research Requires IACUC Approval

All projects involving cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and nautilus) must receive IACUC approval. A list of references to help with protocol development can be found here. Members of the University of Puget Sound community can access a shared Google drive of the full-text of these references at the link below.


The mission of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is to assure that all research and activities at the University of Puget Sound involving live vertebrate animals and cephalopods is conducted in accordance with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.

To fulfill its mission, the IACUC reviews protocols related to the care and use of vertebrate animals and cephalopods, and any concerns regarding the care and use of animals at Puget Sound. In addition, at least once every six months, the IACUC reviews Puget Sound's program for humane care and use of animals and inspects all animal facilities on the Puget Sound campus. Finally, the IACUC reports on the above evaluations to the Provost, and makes formal recommendations regarding any aspect of Puget Sound's animal program, facilities, or personnel training.

2022-23 Committee Members

  • Erin Colbert-White, Psychology (Chair)
  • Eli Gandour-Rood, Science Liaison Librarian
  • Austin Hardegree, DVM
  • Emily Mattox, Community Representative
  • Michal Morrison-Kerr, Biology Storeroom Coordinator
  • Alexa Tullis, Biology
  • Stacey Weiss, Biology (Vice Chair)

Fall 2022 Full Board Meeting Dates

  • September 30
  • November 4
  • December 9