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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.


 New & Updated

OAW/EHRS Controlled Substances Disposal Event

May 22, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Stellar-Chance Laboratories, Room 104

Inventory forms must be received by EHRS by 4:00 PM on May 15, 2017

Click here for further information.



March 21, 2017

The guideline for food and fluid regulation in nonhuman primates (now called "Fluid Regulation in Nonhuman Primates") and the "Canine Exercise and Socialization" policy have been updated.



February 16, 2017

ARIES has been updated to now check for completion of three EHRS trainings:

  • Introduction to Laboratory and Biological Safety at Penn
  • Laboratory Safety Update
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Annual Update

Please note that not all personnel may need to complete these trainings even if they are flagged for them. Requirements will be relayed through reviewer comments or emails, as currently done for all other trainings. Please see the Training page for additional information on training requirements and who to contact with questions.



January 19, 2017

The IACUC has voted to allow the addition of personnel to a protocol, excluding a new PI or a surgeon or anesthetist on procedures using USDA covered species, to be reviewed administratively without the need for IACUC review (the removal of such personnel had previously been approved for administrative review). This should allow for faster reviews of amendments that add personnel as long as any other changes made also qualify for administrative review. See the Submissions page for further information on the administrative reviews of amendments.





 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.


As of April 1, 2011, ARIES is required for all submissions other than Salary Support (Form F) or those related to current paper Form Ds.


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

ARIES allows the creation, submission, electronic routing, tracking, and managing of IACUC protocol submissions. Additionally, users have the ability to submit Amendments, 3-Year Renewals, Continuing Reviews, Exemption Requests, and Housing Applications associated with IACUC protocols that have been created within the ARIES system.

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


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.


One IACUC Protocol/Multiple Funding Sources

Click here for information on using multiple funding sources on a single protocol, including suggestions on combining existing protocols with different funding.



SHEPHERD The Satellite Housing Electronic Program for Husbandry, Environment, & Reporting Documentation (SHEPHERD) is now available for the entry of daily logs for satellite housing.



OAW Record Newletters


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Please contact the Office of Animal Welfare if you would like a copy of any of the newsletters listed below.

  • September 2016

  • December 2015 - January 2016

  • September - October 2015

  • March - April 2015

  • December 2014 - January 2015

  • June 2014

  • May 2014

  • February - March 2014

  • November - December 2013

  • August - November 2013

  • July 2013

  • June 2013

  • May 2013

  • April 2013


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