Public Health Service Policy

Animal, as defined by the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, is defined as any live, vertebrate animal used or intended for use in research, research training, experimentation, or biological testing or for related purpose.

IACUC Training Requirements

The online training course, "Working with the IACUC", provided by the University of Miami's Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) is required for all members of the research team.

OLAW Assurance

An Assurance is an agreement with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare to operate an animal care program in accordance with certain policies and principles.  The Assurance also sets out the organization of the UNCW IACUC and lists certain procedures and policies of the IACUC. UNCW Assurance A3871-01, Expires 6/30/18

Additional IACUC Resources

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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

In order to ensure the humane care and use of live, vertebrate animals, UNCW has its own federally mandated Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). According to UNCW IACUC policy, all research projects conducted by UNCW researchers (including student research) involving live, vertebrate animals must be approved by the IACUC. ORS will not accept funding for this type of research from an external agency without documentation of IACUC approval.

Faculty members from a variety of scientific and non-scientific disciplines and at least one community representative serve on this university committee to review and approve research projects involving live, vertebrate animals. The Office of Research Services (ORS) is the administrative office that coordinates the activities of the IACUC.

IACUC Meeting Schedule and Submission Deadlines

The IACUC typically meets twice each semester to review protocols subject to full committee review. Please see important dates below for the next IACUC meeting of the Spring 2015 semester.





February 3, 2015

February 10, 2015

February 17, 2015

March 31, 2015
April 7, 2015
April 14, 2015

Meetings will be held from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in the FSC Saffo Room (Room 2009)

Please note: According to UNCW IACUC policy, when an IACUC protocol is initially submitted,it is forwarded to the attending veterinarian (AV) for review. The AV will send the principal investigator a consultation form within a few days. The researcher should take the AV's comments under consideration and revise the protocol appropriately. If the researcher makes revisions to the protocol, the revised protocol must be submitted by the scheduled revision date to assure review during the desired meeting date. Researchers should plan accordingly to avoid delays. The IACUC hopes this new procedure will allow for smoother reviews during scheduled meetings.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - on campus facility inspections

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - off campus facility inspections


IACUC Contact Information:

IACUC Coordinator: Lee Prete, 910-962-7774, pretel@uncw.edu


IACUC Officials:

IACUC Chair: Dr. Amanda Williard, williarda@uncw.edu, 910-962-4064

Institutional Official: Ron Vetter, vetterr@uncw.edu, 910-962-3224

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