Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee

The care and use of animals at the University are governed by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), also known as the Animal Welfare Committee (AWC). Anyone using animals for teaching, research, or experimentation in affiliation with the University must submit an Animal Subject Approval Form for IACUC review. Protocol approval from the IACUC must be obtained prior to beginning any teaching, research, or experimentation involving animals.

Reporting an Animal Welfare Concern

Stanislaus State is committed to the humane and responsible treatment of all animals being used in research and teaching. All animals receive proper care and are used humanely in accordance with Public Health Services Policy, the Animal Welfare Act and the institution’s animal care and use committee policies and guidelines.

The University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is required by law to investigate reports of suspected animal neglect, abuse or mistreatment. If you observe or suspect animal neglect, abuse, mistreatment, or non-compliance with an approved protocol, please report the incident. The IACUC will investigate and evaluate concerns raised by anyone regarding the care and use of animals at the University.

Animal welfare concerns should be reported to:

IACUC Administration

April Dunham-Filson

OR Anonymously Report Safety Concern

Stanislaus State prohibits discrimination or retaliation against individuals who, in good faith, report concerns.


IACUC Membership

Voting Members

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) is federally mandated to be composed of no fewer than five members. The IACUC members include:

  • One Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Two practicing scientists
  • Two members in a nonscientific area
  • One community member


  • Joyce Bell, M.S., CRA
    Executive Secretary

Call: (209) 667-3493

Updated: September 18, 2023