» Announcements

14 January 2022 - new IACUC administrator.  After almost five years, Bruce W Kennedy has decided to retire from the position.  Brian Henriquez has been in training with him since December and will assume the role on 1 Feb '22.

23 December 2020 - PHS Assurance Statement.  This agreement between Chapman and several federal funding agencies was successfully renewed for another four years.

25 November 2020 - Public member on the IACUC.  The Chapman IACUC seeks someone not affiliated with the University to serve on its committee.  Contact the IACUC at iacuc@chapman.edu.

25 November 2020 - IACUC approved guideline on education and training.  At the November meeting, the IACUC reviewed and accepted a five-page document describing the need for training as part of a responsible animal care and use program.  As a foundation, it establishes basic training components for PIs, research and husbandry staff, and IACUC members.  The topics span from basic husbandry care and CITI modules to hands-on research procedures and safety practices.  It calls for competency, re-training, and continuing education in various modalities.  Overall, "This guidance document from the Chapman IACUC summarizes the principles, obligations, and requirements about training in order to work with animals within IACUC oversight".

23 July 2020 - New Vertebrate Animals Section (VAS) Online Training Module.  OLAW announced the development and availability of an online training module on the VAS in grant applications.  A completed VAS is required for PHS-supported research using live vertebrate animals. In 2016, the VAS was simplified from five to three required criteria.  OLAW wants to assist investigators and reviewers in recognizing both the required components of the VAS and the components that are no longer required, with the goals of:

  • increasing the number of applications deemed acceptable
  • reducing time spent submitting and reviewing extraneous information

This interactive module can be completed in 20 – 30 minutes and includes:

  • an overview of the requirements
  • a checklist for applicants and reviewers
  • detailed instructions

For more information, visit the OLAW website on the VAS.

23 March 2020 - See the main Office of Research web-page at 


for information relating specifically to coronavirus and the conduct of research at Chapman.

18 March 2020 - COVID-19 has impacted the animal research program at Chapman.  Essential services of animal care are being covered, while some projects have ramped down.  IACUC activities, including protocol review processes, will occur online and remotely.  In the global animal research community, animal models are playing a role in characterizing and developing a vaccine for this novel coronavirus.  See too the Foundation for Biomedical Research website.

10 February 2020 - Cayuse IACUC is available.  Existing protocols have been migrated.  Training has started.  A shadow system will be maintained.  There is a location for learning, training, and developing ("stage") with the software as well as the in-use "production" site for the actual business of processing the protocols.

15 January 2020 - The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has released the latest version of its Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals.  The 2020 guidelines, an update since 2013, feature the latest research, information and member input to provide veterinarians with science-based and practically sound guidance for relieving the suffering and pain of animals to be euthanized.

25 July 2019 - A few changes have been made to the CITI animal study curricula.  The aquatic group has been simplified to focus on zebrafish to be aligned with the tanks set up in the vivarium.  [Yes, studies with the zebrafish model can be conducted.]  A module specific to the Chapman animal care program has been developed and is included as required training for all training groups.  See the spreadsheet in the TRAINING tab.

22 July 2019 - The Office of Research and the IACUC have embarked on the journey to obtain AAALAC accreditation of the animal care and use program.  Update (25 November 2020):  The program description is being written with the intent for the site visit in late 2021.

22 April 2019 - The Office of Research has announced an agreement with UC Irvine to provide statisticians to Chapman investigators.  These consultants can help design animal studies.  Please scroll to "Statistical Consulting" in the left column under the main Office of Research tab for the details.

16 November 2018 - The new CITI module "Working with Genetically Modified Mice in Research Settings" has been added as an optional course to the Chapman training curriculum.  Log into your training account with CITI and locate the lab animal section amongst the courses to select it.

question 7 from CITI on animal welfare training

19 October 2018 - Vice President for Research Tom Piechota announced that the new institutional policy for animal care and use (and human subjects, too) has been approved.  It can be found at the Research Policies and Guidance website.

6 September 2018 - The LAOHP (Lab animal occupational health program) has been enhanced.  Working with Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety, the IACUC's laboratory animal occupational health program has partnered with the UCI Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) to provide medical evaluations for persons working with animals in research and teaching.  Visit the Safety with Animals tab for more information.

7 July 2017 - Bruce W. Kennedy joined the Research Integrity team at Chapman as the new IACUC administrator.   He has been a lab technician, an animal facility manager, and holds the PRIM&R animal research committee credential of CPIA.  His background in research regulatory compliance at both government and academic settings also includes 12 years managing an IRB, working with an IBC, and conducting accreditation site visits of vivaria with AAALAC International.

Questions?  Contact Bruce W. Kennedy, IACUC administrator, at brkennedy@chapman.edu or 714.628.2844.