Overview: The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is the university's governing body responsible for the ethical and safe use of animals in research. The IACUC maintains the highest standards to ensure that the rights of animal participants in research are protected, and proposed studies will be conducted in accordance with the ethical principles of the three R’s and applicable federal regulations. The IACUC at this Institution is properly appointed according to PHS Policy IV.A.3.a. and is qualified through the experience and expertise of its members to oversee the Institution's animal care and use program and facilities. 

Dr. Dustin Ranglack is the Chair of the IACUC and can be contacted at 308-865-8545.

IACUC protocol forms:


IACUC members and faculty working with vertebrate animals in research must complete CITI training.

To register with CITI, follow these steps: 

  • You can log in and out as often as you wish, and you can retake the modules as often as you need to pass the training. 
  • Access the optional modules by scrolling to that part of the screen within your learner group.       
  • Access modules from another learner group by clicking “change group.”   

Learner groups are organized to give each researcher the most relevant information while respecting the use of their time.  Required modules have been established for each group, as well as optional modules that can be selected according to the specific research project. 

From the CITI Program site, select “Courses” and then “Animal Care and Use (ACU).” 

Faculty should select the course that best matches their area of research.  Faculty working with animals in a laboratory setting should choose the appropriate course under “Additional Courses” while faculty working with wildlife should choose “Wildlife Research” from the “Basic Courses” list.  IACUC training must be renewed every 5 years.

Students working with faculty on approved IACUC protocols must complete the “Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)” basic course.  There are no CITI courses specific for students working with animals in research; therefore, faculty bear the responsibility of supervising students when carrying out research involving vertebrate animal subjects.

Most IACUC members must complete the “Essentials for IACUC Members” course.  The Community Member of the IACUC should instead complete the “IACUC Community Member” course.  IACUC members must renew their IACUC specific training every 5 years by taking the appropriate refresher course. 

FAQ's on CITI training.

Access the CITI training web site. 

Department of Health and Human Services Assurance Number: D18-01025

Committee Makeup:

Name Position Department PHS Policy Role
Dustin Ranglack Assistant Professor Biological Sciences Chair
Keith Geluso Professor Biological Sciences Scientist
Evan Hill Assistant Professor Psychology Scientist
Hui Liew Assistant Professor Sociology Non-Scientist
Letty Reichart Associate Professor Biological Sciences Scientist
Jessica Hollander Assistant Professor English Non-Scientist
Jaimee Norwood Relator Nonaffiliated Community Member
Paola Beebout Veterinarian Veterinarian Attending Veterinarian