** Notice- 16 May 2023
May refresher training arising from March visit by AAALAC and culture of compliance

Dear PIs

IACUC office had, in March, emailed PIs with a request to attend an in-person refresher training sessions. There were 3 sessions to accommodate as many as possible. All PIs and Researchers who have protocols approved to use animals at premises outside of the main vivaria must attend the session.

Please identify and instruct your team members to register via 
for one of the following sessions: 

Monday 22 May 11AM to 12 Noon; OR
Tuesday 23 May 1:20PM to 2:30PM

Venue: CeLS Auditorium

Topics to be covered:
a. Methods of euthanasia and analgesia (Dr Zitzow, Attending Veterinarian);
b. Compliance with approved protocols, implications of non-compliance(s) and obtaining approval before deviating from approved procedures, (IACUC office) and
c. Developing a culture of compliance through education and collaborative efforts (IACUC office)。

Attendance at any one of these sessions is required for your and your researchers.

Thank you,
IACUC office

** Notice -9 Jan 2023
IACUC protocol submissions deadline for 20 Mar 2023 via iORC is 13 Feb 2023

1. Please note that the IACUC protocol submissions deadline via iORC for Mar 2023 IACUC review is on 13 Feb 2023.

2. Please disseminate this information to your lab members.

Thank you,
IACUC office

** Notice- 5 Jan 2023

Townhall by IACUC on Fri 27 Jan 2023 at 3PM, CeLs Auditorium

Dear PIs

You are invited to attend a Townhall session conducted by NUS IACUC: On: Friday 27th January 2023 At: CeLS Auditorium
From: 3:00PM

The aim of this session is to connect with PIs and share tips to facilitate IACUC protocol completion and avoid pitfalls.

3:00 PM: Welcome by Prof Phil Moore (Institutional Official)
3:05 PM: Introduction and Mission of the IACUC by Prof Sanjay Khanna (IACUC Chair)
3:10 PM: Presentation on upcoming AAALAC site visit, IACUC protocol submission and review process by Dr Leslie Retnam (Senior Associate Director, IACUC Office).
3:30 PM: Presentation on common questions where Comparative Medicine (CM) helps the PI and update on the resources available by Dr Lois Zitzow (Attending Veterinarian and Director, CM)
3:45 PM: Question and Answers
4:25 PM: Closing Remarks (Prof Sanjay Khanna)
4:30 PM: End of Townhall

If you / your research staff intend to attend, please RSVP by providing names to Ms Adeline Ng ( by Wednesday 25th January.  

Thank you.
IACUC Office

Welcome to IACUC

The NUS Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) was set up on 12 November 2004 to oversee the care and use of animals for scientific purposes in NUS. Members of the IACUC are appointed through the Institutional Official and include veterinarians, scientists, non-scientists and members of the community who are not affiliated to NUS. Since 2010, NUS has been an AAALAC-accredited institution demonstrating our commitment to responsible animal research and good science.

The mission of the IACUC is to achieve the best practice by international standards of animal ethics in all animal care and use programmes in NUS. Towards this goal, the IACUC:

  • Evaluates animal use for scientific purposes. This includes research, teaching, field trials, environmental and behavioural studies, diagnosis, product testing and the production of biological materials, through the review of animal use protocols;
  • Ensures that the use of animals is carried out in accordance with the approved animal use protocol through regular post-approval monitoring visits of animal use facilities.
  • Ensures that the housing and care of animals are provided in accordance with the National Advisory Committee for laboratory Animal Research (NACLAR) Guidelines (Guidelines on the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes) in premises licensed by the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS), the regulatory body of the Singapore Animals and Birds Act;
  • Ensures that the personnel involved in care and use of animals are suitably qualified and trained, through the training programme administered by Comparative Medicine (CM);
  • Liaises with the Office of Safety, Health and Environment (OSHE) on occupational safety and health programme in animal care and use protocols;
  • Liaises with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) on the ethical use of human tissues in animal use protocols; and
  • Conducts annual inspection of animal housing and use facilities and semi-annual review of animal care and use programmes