Animal Care and Use

WMed strongly affirms the essential role that research and education involving live animals has in the advancement of biological and medical knowledge. Critical to that advancement of knowledge is the humane care and treatment of all animals used in research.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a committee of scientists, nonscientists, veterinarians, and community members. It has the responsibility of overseeing and routinely evaluating the Animal Care and Use Program. This is achieved through the evaluation of the care, treatment, housing, and use of animals as well as ethical considerations in research. In addition, the IACUC helps certify compliance with regulatory and oversight standards.

About the Committee

The IACUC is responsible for oversight of the Animal Care and Use Program and its components as described in the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

Submit an Animal Welfare Concern

Adverse events or unanticipated problems must be immediately reported (via phone call, text or email) to the PI, Animal Resources Manager, and Attending Veterinarian. The IACUC refers to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) most recent guidance on reportable events when determining whether or not to report an event.