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.
The Office of Animal Welfare is moving!
Our new location will be:
3800 Spruce St., Suite 151E (Old Vet Quad)
The current office location will be closed on Friday, August 11th while we move. We will reopen on Monday, August 14th at the new location. Phone numbers and email addresses will not change as a result of the move. Though most operations will continue during this time, please note there will likely be some limitations in service as our old office is packed up and we settle into the new space. We hope to resume normal operations by the afternoon of August 14th.
August 1, 2017
The Office of Animal Welfare is happy to announce that Robert DeAngelis, who joined the office three years ago as the Protocol Specialist/IACUC Administrator, will now serve as the Assistant Director of IACUC Administration! Please join us in congratulating Rob on his new position!
June 27, 2017
The names for several guidelines related to rodents, mice, and rats were updated to more accurately reflect the species to which they apply ("rodent" includes USDA covered rodents while guidelines specific to mice and rats do not include USDA covered animals):
Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis & Other Demyelinating Rodent Disease Models --> Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis and Other Demyelinating Mouse Disease Models
Food & Fluid Regulation in Rodents --> Food & Fluid Regulation in Mice and Rats
Mouse Anesthesia and Analgesia Recommendations --> Mouse and Rat Anesthesia and Analgesia Recommendations
Rodent Genotyping Methods --> Mouse and Rat Genotyping Methods
Rodent Injections for Delivery of Experimental Agents --> Mouse and Rat Injections for Delivery of Experimental Agents
Rodent Tumor and Cancer Models --> Mouse and Rat Tumor and Cancer Models
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.
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.
Download a copy of the ARIES User Guide.Please contact
for any ARIES-related questions.