University Safety and Assurances

Field Studies

All studies that involve actual handling of live vertebrate animals should be filed on the regular "Protocol Form". NEW IN 2014-15: There is a Sample Wildlife Protocol Form written by experts in the field of wildlife research that investigators may use in lieu of the regular protocol form. The IACUC will evaluate comments about the form and its use in August of 2015.

If your study consists of the direct, unobtrusive observation of free-ranging animals under natural conditions and does not require that animals be contacted, captured or restrained at anytime you should complete the "Protocol for Field Observational Studies" or the Sample Wildlife Protocol Form. This form will be reviewed by the IACUC Chair and Veterinarian to determine if it qualifies to be exempt for any further review.

UWM personnel who teach field classes or conduct field studies are required to go through the certification process. Instructors and teaching assistants should also be familiar with the long version of "Use of Live Animals in Teaching Classes and Observational Field Studies". The short version should be incorporated into the class syllabus. The use of these forms for training will make it unnecessary for students in teaching classes and individuals participating in observational field studies to complete the regular training program and the certification exam.

Non-UWM personnel who teach field classes or conduct observational research on UWM property are required to review the long version of the "Use of Live Animals in Teaching Classes and Observational Field Studies" and complete the on-line “Quiz for Teaching/Observational Field Studies.”

The long and short training versions direct individuals to the animal care program's website, which has information on minimizing risks, including allergies, in working with animals under occupational health and safety. All individuals who may be at risk, i.e. anyone handling animals or coming into close contact with them, should be directed to review this information.

For reference on research with wildlife, please see: