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Animal Research (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. 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. UNCW 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 Research Integrity Office (RIO) is the administrative office that coordinates the activities of the IACUC.

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NEW: COVID-19 Update

UNCW business operations are currently functioning as usual, including the UNCW IACUC.  Updates on the status of campus operations related to Covid-19 can be found on UNCW's Coronavirus website.  Please also visit UNCW's Best for the Nest website for resources and guidelines for returning to campus.  Other pandemic-related resources for research are posted here.


Researchers who use live vertebrate animals in research are required to obtain certification from a medical professional prior to initiating animal use activities to identify occupational health issues, if any.  This requirement was mandated by the U.S. Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and has been in effect since Fall 2018. Please see the IACUC Forms section below to obtain a health screening questionnaire, which must be completed by the animal researcher and submitted to a medical professional for evaluation.  Students who work with research animals may submit their completed forms to the Abrons Student Health Center. The Health Center will not bill students. Faculty and staff who work with research animals may submit their completed forms to Medac Urgent Care on Shipyard Blvd or to his or her personal physician.  When faculty and staff use Medac Corporate Health, Medac will invoice UNCW.

The IACUC will require health screenings to be completed prior to reviewing a protocol form.

Please click here for an FAQ on this requirement.

ABRONS STUDENT HEALTH CENTER TIP:  Students may be evaluated at the Abrons Student Health Center.  If you oversee a student who must be evaluated, one of our researchers suggested that you might want to instruct him/her to schedule the appointment first-thing in the morning to avoid delays in getting seen by medical staff.  The appointment should take only about 20 minutes, but some students have waited up to 40 minutes before seeing medical staff.

MEDAC TIP:  A personal visit to Medac may not be necessary.  You may email the completed risk assessment form to Medac at corporatehealth@urgentcaregroup.com and copy Marcy.Everett@urgentcaregroup.com with the subject line "UNCW Health Assessment for Animal Research."  A Medac occupational health physician will review risk assessment forms each Wednesday and may request a personal or phone evaluation.  Pateints should provide a phone number where they can be reached during normal business hours on Wednesdays.  Signed clearance forms will be returned to patients by email on Thursdays.  Please see the FAQ for this requirement for more information and tips.

Please reference PO #P0144336 in your correspondence with Medac.

If you prefer contacting Medac in other ways, here is their contact information:

  • Send form by fax to: 910-791-5359
  • Schedule an appointment at the Corporate Health office at: 910-452-7000
  • Send form by mail or drop off in person to: Medac Corporate Health, 4402 Shipyard Blvd, Wilmington NC  28403 (if personally visiting, this is next door to the urgent care office)

IACUC Meeting Schedule and Submission Deadlines

The IACUC typically meets twice each semester to review protocols subject to full committee review. The next IACUC meetings will occur in Fall 2020.  Spring 2021 meeting dates and deadlines will be determined toward the end of the fall semester, but will generally be held in mid-February and mid-April.  Please email IACUC staff at IACUC@uncw.edu if you need assistance.

IACUC submission and meeting dates




Monday, August 31, 2020

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Monday, September 14, 2020

Monday, November 2, 2020

Monday, November 9, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020

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.


Fall 2020 inspection dates will be scheduled the week of October 19-23. Facilities will be contacted individually for specific dates and times.


NEW forms are coming soon!  Until they are ready, please continue to use the 19-20 IACUC forms.  We no longer have the software license needed to revise/update the forms, so please disregard references to 19-20 protocol numbers and 2013 AVMA Guielines for the Euthanasia of Animals.  We will issue 20-21 protocol numbers and the link to the AVMA Guidelines in the forms below will connect you with the 2020 edition of the guidelines.

For best functionality, we recommend that you save this form to your computer, and open with Adobe Reader. Mac computers will default to open this in Preview, which will not allow you to type in the form. If Adobe Reader is not installed on your computer, it is free and available at https://get.adobe.com/reader/.

Animal Subjects Protocol Long Form - recommended for more complex studies that involve diet manipulation, pain and distress, surgery, and/or drug administration.
Animal Subjects Protocol Short Form - recommended for less complex studies. If the study involves diet manipulation, pain and distress, surgery or drug administration, you may add individual appendices as needed (see below).
Animal Subjects Additional Personnel Appendix
Animal Subject Disaster Plan Form
NEW:  Health Surveillance and Risk Assessment Form for Vertebrate Animal Exposure

Short Form Appendices:
Animal Subjects Diet Manipulation Appendix
Animal Subjects Pain and Distress Appendix - please consult with attending veterinarian prior to use.
Animal Subjects Surgery Appendix
Animal Subjects Drug Administration Appendix

IACUC Training Requirements

The online training course, "Working with the IACUC", provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) is required for all members of the research team. Other courses specific to the research may also be recommended. If you experience difficulty using the CITI website, please check to see if you are using a current version (issued within last 3-4 years) of one of the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari.

We strongly encourage animal researchers to follow these instructions on how to register for IACUC training (PDF) to make sure you register for the correct training course. 

IACUC Contact Information:

IACUC@uncw.edu or 910-962-3056


Please be aware that the Office of Internal Audit at UNCW maintains an anonymous reporting tool to facilitate reporting of allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement of funds. Concerns about ethical practices may also be reported anonymously to the State Auditor’s Fraud and Abuse Hotline by calling 1-800-730-8477 or filing a complaint online at https://www.ncauditor.net/HotTips/.