An IACUC Member's Guide to Animal Facility Inspections


An IACUC Member's Guide to Animal Facility Inspections is a free, online course primarily intended for persons sitting on an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) who conduct mandated inspections of animal facilities for compliance with U.S. regulatory standards. This includes veterinarians, scientists, public committee members, and administrators. The course can be used as primer for new committee members, as a resource for more veteran members, or it may function as a field guide when loaded on a mobile computer.

The course addresses the regulatory requirements for animal facilities, including housing, surgery, cleaning, and storage areas. Each area is presented in a 360-degree panoramic image containing some commonly inspected items. The module provides tips for inspecting items and links to relevant regulatory documentation. Users may test their understanding with questions provided for each inspection item and with a quiz after completing the virtual tours. The time needed to complete the session is approximately 90 minutes, but may be longer depending on links to additional resources that are accessed and reviewed. This introductory course is not intended to be comprehensive.



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Getting Started

Instructions about how to use this program can be found under Virtual Tours > Getting Started.

System Requirements

• Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0.2 (or greater) or Firefox 1.5 (or greater)
• Apple QuickTime 7.1 (or greater)

• Safari 1.3.2 (or greater) or Firefox 1.5 (or greater)
• Apple QuickTime 7.1 (or greater)

More information about system requirements can be found under Help > System Requirements.


Funding for this course was provided in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity.

Copyright and Usage Information

While some images from the course may be downloaded and used for instructional or learning purposes, they may not be used as a direct or implied endorsement of a commercial product or entity. For a more complete overview of our copyright and usage restrictions regarding visual media, please refer to our copyright notice.