Animal Contact

To assure safety, maintenance, care and use of vertebrate animals and to comply with federal, state, and local laws, the University requires that prior to initiation, all course work and research projects involving live vertebrate animals be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). As part of IACUC review, OEHS reviews animal research protocols for safety issues concerning:

  • Biological Materials: infectious agents, human and non-human primate materials, recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids (rsNA).
  • Hazardous Chemicals: inhalation anesthetics, chemicals, toxins.
  • Radioactive Materials: radioisotopes, irradiator use, X-ray procedures, other imaging procedures involving radiation.
  • Lasers

Information about the WSU Animal Contact (AniCon) program can be found below as well as at the Animal Hazardous Agents Forms page. This includes guides, required forms, and required training.

Animal Contact Occupational Health & Safety Program (AniCon) Manual


Animal Allergy Exposure Reduction Training:

  • Animal Allergy and Exposure Reduction training is available online through CITI (Research Personnel) and via SafetySkills (FP&M employees)

Helpful information:

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If you have questions about the AniCon Program, please contact:

Office of Environmental Health & Safety
5425 Woodward, Suite 300
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-1200