The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for overseeing all activities involving animals at Carthage College.

As mandated by federal law, the committee reviews and oversees all teaching and research activities involving animals, to determine that these activities meet ethical standards for humane animal care and use, in accordance with the standards set by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare through the National Institutes of Health.

The IACUC ensures the humane care of animals through semi-annual inspections of animal housing and research facilities, review of all animal care programs and animal usage protocols, and the investigation of any complaints made regarding animal use. In accordance with federal law, the IACUC consists of at least five members: several Carthage College faculty including two research scientists, one non-scientist, a veterinarian, and a representative from the local community who is not affiliated with the College.


Carthage College has a PHS Assurance on file with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW).

  • PHS Assurance # D19-01050
  • Valid 5/6/2019 through 5/31/2023

Anyone wishing to report a concern regarding the welfare of animals, concern for human handlers, or concerns about protocol integrity, should contact the Institutional Official, Professor Deanna Byrnes at 262-551-2371 or the IACUC Chair, Professor Steven Henle at 262-551-6119. Profs. Byrnes or Henle will conduct an initial inquiry into the concerns, and when warranted, the concerns will be forwarded to the IACUC for investigation. In accordance with College policies, confidentiality will be maintained if requested by the complainant or parties involved, to the extent allowable by law.

IACUC Application Process

Contact Information

Professor Deanna Byrnes
Dean for the Division of Natural and Social Sciences
IACUC Institutional Official
Carthage College
2001 Alford Park Drive
Kenosha, WI 53140

Professor Steven Henle
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Carthage College
2001 Alford Park Drive
Kenosha, WI 53140