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To assure safety, maintenance, care and use of vertebrate animals and to comply with federal, state, and local laws, the University requires that prior to initiation, all course work and research projects involving vertebrate animals be reviewed and approved by the IACUC. This policy applies, regardless of the source of funding, to all biomedical, behavioral, teaching, training, and clinical research involving vertebrate animals performed by faculty, staff, and students of the University.


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 ask BEN is a new search tool that can be used to find answers to your most frequently asked IACUC questions.  Please click on the ask Ben icon to launch the application.


ARIES is now available!

ARIES will be required as of April 1, 2011 for all Form A and POAP submissions. 


 ARIES The Animal Research Information & Electronic Submissions (ARIES) is now available to researchers at Penn. ARIES is a new secure, web-based protocol and submission application. 

ARIES will allow the creation, submission, electronic routing, tracking, and managing of IACUC protocol submissions. Additionally, users will have the ability to submit Amendments, 3-year renewals, Continuing Reviews, Exemption requests, and Housing requests associated with IACUC protocols that have been created within the ARIES system.  NOTE: The system may be used to create and submit NEW submissions/protocols. Using ARIES for new protocols and those due for their three-year renewal is now required for Form A and POAP submission.   


You can find out more information, including how to access ARIES, by viewing the IACUC Submissions page.



You can access the SHEPHERD system by following this link.




User Guide

Download a copy of the ARIES User Guide.  Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   for any ARIES-related questions.



Veterinary School - POAP Users

If you will be submitting a Privately Owned Animal Protocol (POAP) via ARIES, please review the Standard Operating Procedure for POAP Submissions Updated April 2011.




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