Protocol Submission

This overview will provide navigation through the submission process which will include all updated submission guidlines, protocol modifications, training requirements, and grant review, as well as common reasons for delay and compliance issues.

To begin, you must use Animal Research Online (ARO) for all new submissions.

Please note that failure to renew a protocol that covers currently housed animals, jeopardizes the continuation of the animal protocol and could result in suspension of animal use privileges and confiscation of animals.

Animal Research Online

This step-by-step process (PDF) will inform you of pre-submission information, guide you through the ARO process, and provide answers to commonly asked questions.

Occupational Safety

Learn about occupational health, search bloodborne pathogen information, and access the latest news from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Training Requirements

The institution is responsible for the training of its staff to ensure qualified and experienced personnel.  Learn more about how to verify completion of the University of Pittsburgh's required training.

Delayed Protocol Approval

There are common reasons why there might be a delay in your protocol submission. 

The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals is an internationally accepted primary reference on animal care and use, and its use is required in the United States by the Public Health Service Policy