Animal Use


The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is an AAALAC accredited animal care program. The pursuit of this accreditation demonstrates CALS commitment to humane and ethical treatment of research animals. The CALS re-accreditation site visit occurs every 3-years, the next site visit will be the fall of 2021.


The Animal Welfare Act mandates humane and ethical treatment of animals used in teaching and research, therefore, requirements for conducting animal research are extensive.

Research Animal Resources and Compliance (RARC)

At UW-Madison, the Research Animal Resources and Compliance (RARC) provides oversight and assistance in assuring compliance with all laws, regulations, and rules governing the care and use of laboratory animals.


UW-Madison Campus Resources

All Campus Animal Care and Use PoliciesComplete list of animal policies that apply to all UW-Madison Schools/Colleges
RARC Animal Protocol FAQInformation for completion of an Animal Protocol for IACUC approval using the online ARROW submission form
Protocol Forms and InstructionsProtocol submission and updates to approved protocols
RARC Training ProgramCourse info and registration; access to online courses.
UW-Madison Animal Care and Use CommitteesInfo on structure/function of UW-Madison’s Animal Care and Use Committees
RARC ContactsAdministrator contact information

External Resources

American Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences (AALAS)Professional organization for researchers and technicians involved in laboratory animal science.
AVMA Guidelines on EuthanasiaAmerican Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) standards for animal euthanasia.
Animal Welfare ActFull text of the act, legislative history and quick reference guides
FASS Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Agricultural Research and Teaching, 3rd ed.Primary reference for meeting the needs of agricultural animals utilized in research and teaching, published by the Federation of Animal Science Societies
ILAR Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 8th ed.Guide published by the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) and adopted by OLAW and AAALAC
NIH OLAW Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory AnimalsPolicy and guide published by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)

General Compliance Questions

Sarah Johnson-Schlueter
Compliance Manager
(608) 265-3752

Protocol Submission

Diane Johnson
(608) 265-3989