Grants and Research

Research Ethics and Compliance: IACUC


UW-River Falls Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Responsible and ethical animal care and use is a central component of the culture at UW-River Falls.  Animal use in research, teaching, and exhibition is performed with oversight from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).  The IACUC has three primary duties:

  1. Review animal use protocols to ensure the safe and responsible use of animals in teaching, research, and exhibition.
  2. Inspect animal facilities on campus and at the laboratory farms twice per year.
  3. Investigate complaints regarding animal care and use.


All findings of inspections and investigations are reported to the Provost.  Overall, the IACUC is responsible for ensuring the safe and ethical use of animals and compliance with federally mandated standards of animal care and use in UWRF-related activities. You can find more information regarding training and animal use at UW-River Falls below.


Before faculty, staff, and students can work with animals in teaching, research, and exhibition, they must be trained.  Here is the link to the CITI training program.


 CITI training / Instruction sheet for CITI training


After training is complete, the certificate must be uploaded to the training database.  Training certificates are valid for three years before refresher training and renewal is required.


 BPLogix training database


All university activities involving the use of animals in teaching, research, and exhibition – except for those listed in the document below - must be reviewed by the Animal Care and Use Committee.


BPLogix Protocol Form

instruction sheet for protocol form

Exempt activities 


The administrative policy for the UW-River Falls IACUC can be found here:

 policy document


The UW-River Falls IACUC is also a resource for faculty, staff, and students who use animals in their teaching, research, and exhibition activities.  Here are some helpful references regarding animal use.  If more information is needed, please email


 AWA Blue Book

 FASS Guide for the Care of Agricultural Animals

 NAMI Guide for Care and Use of Animals

 AALAC guide


If you need to report a concern regarding animal care and use at UW-River Falls, please email


UW-River Falls Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee members:

  • Larry Baumann, Animal and Food Science

  • James Cortright, Psychology

  • Joseph Gathman, Biology

  • Jeanna Hayes, Risk Management

  • Dick Jones-Witthuhn, DVM, Consulting Veterinarian, Kinnicroix and Riverfalls Veterinary Clinic, River Falls, WI 54022

  • Bonnie Walters, Animal and Food Science

  • Greg Zwald, Laboratory Farms

  • Katie Mazac, Community Member.

  • Kurt Vogel, Animal and Food Science, chair

  • Molly Van Wagner, Director of Grants & Research, (ex officio, non-voting)


Contact Us

Grants and Research
Molly Van Wagner
101 North Hall