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Establishing a Satellite Facility


The purpose of this statement is to clarify the procedure for requesting the establishment of a satellite animal housing facility from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).


The University of Tennessee Animal Care and Use Program is responsible for compliance with three agencies:

  • AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, Int.)
  • OLAW (Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare)
  • USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)

The IACUC has compliance responsibility for all vertebrate laboratory animal housing and use areas. The IACUC is required to inspect all laboratory animal housing areas at least every six months.


A “satellite” laboratory animal facility is any containment outside of a core facility, centrally designated or managed area in which animals are housed for more than 12 hours.


Satellite facilities must comply with the same regulations as centrally managed facilities. To ask the IACUC to approve a satellite facility, the PI must send a completed request to the IACUC using the Policy and Application for Establishment of a Satellite Facility form found on the Forms page.