Using Wild Vertebrates in Research

Any researcher or instructor using VESR, from the University of California or any other institution, who proposes to use vertebrate animals in research or teaching, must have approval of the UCSB Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The only exception to this policy is strict animal observation with no effect on animal behavior (i.e. bird watching). More information may be obtained at the UCSB IACUC homepage.

Animal Use Protocol:

Approval by the IACUC is obtained by submitting an Animal Use Protocol. An approved protocol must be procured by anyone using vertebrate animals in teaching, research, or testing. This is required regardless of animal use site, funding source, species, or animal number. The protocol review process takes at least one month. If problems are encountered during the review, the process can take even longer.


SNARL maintains approved facilities for holding both terrestrial and aquatic vertebrates. If you anticipate use of these facilities please contact the Reserve Director well in advance for consultation. We may have to prepare additional documents for animal husbandry for the IACUC's consideration.

Non-UCSB Investigators:

Non-UCSB investigators are required to have an approved protocol from their parent institution. Prior to working at VESR that protocol must be submitted, reviewed, and approved by the UCSB IACUC. Please contact the UCSB IACUC Coordinator at (link sends e-mail) .


The UCSB Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee is mandated by the Federal Animal Welfare Act (9 CFR Chapter 1, Subpart C, Section 2.32 Personnel qualifications) to ensure that all scientists, research technicians, animal technicians, and other personnel involved in animal care, treatment, and use are qualified to perform their duties. This responsibility shall be fulfilled in part through the provision of training and instruction to those personnel. The qualifications of personnel are reviewed when animal protocols are submitted and the level of training required is assessed. Training documentation for the Basic Level must be completed prior to activation of an Animal Care Protocol. Training is reviewed annually in conjunction with the Annual Review of the Animal Care Protocol. Training material is available on the World Wide Web. It is important that the training completed is documented for the IACUC records. Training logs must be completed and submitted to the IACUC Coordinator.