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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.

To report concerns about the welfare of animals used in UNCW research, please complete this survey.

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The UNCW IACUC office continues to offer all services virtually and can be reached at iacuc@uncw.edu.  We look forward to assisting you with your research endeavors!

Updates on the status of campus operations related to Covid-19 can be found on UNCW's Coronavirus website and Best for the Nest website.  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 final approval of a protocol.

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.  Patients 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 #P0154741 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. Fall meetings are generally held in mid-September and mid-November; Spring meetings are generally held in mid-February and mid-April. Please email IACUC staff at IACUC@uncw.edu if you need assistance.

IACUC submission and meeting dates




Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

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.


Spring 2022 inspection dates will be scheduled sometime in mid to late April. Facilities will be contacted individually for specific dates and times.


NEW forms are here! Because we no longer have the software license needed to revise/update the previous forms, we have created new forms using Word and Excel that we hope you will find easy to use. A few researchers have tested these forms in Fall 2020 and we have made changes based on their feedback. However, we believe in continuous improvement and will be happy to continue to accept comments and suggestions on the new forms. Please send any comments to iacuc@uncw.edu.

Changes made:

  • We now have only one main protocol form rather than a long and a short form. All possible sections are now included on this one form and researchers can indicate which sections are not applicable for specific studies.
  • So that the animal use chart of the protocol form could have the best functionality, we have separated this chart into a separate Excel spreadsheet.
  • We created a separate form for use when scientific merit by a peer reviewer is needed. We hope this will be more convenient when routing your protocol to others for review. 
We will use the forms below until we transition to the new online research administration portal powered by InfoEd Global, "OSPREY" (Online Sponsored Programs and Research Enterprise sYstem). OSPREY will also be used for grant proposals and management, Conflict of Interest reporting, and human subject research review and approval (IRB). The IACUC module of OSPREY is estimated to be live in 2023.

All applicants will need the following forms:
Protocol Form - this form includes all possible sections such as diet manipulation, pain and distress, surgery, and/or drug administration.
Animal Chart - the animal chart is now a separate Excel spreadsheet for maximum functionality
Health Surveillance and Risk Assessment Form for Vertebrate Animal Exposure - required for all personnel listed as research team members for all study types

Some applicants may also need:
Additional Personnel Appendix - for use on studies with more than 5 research team members or when modifying a study to add and/or delete personnel
Disaster Plan Form - required for studies that house animals
Peer Review Form for Scientific Merit - required for studies that have not undergone an extramural peer review for scientific merit

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

To report concerns about the welfare of animals used in UNCW research, please contact the IACUC by email or phone (see above) and/or complete this survey.

Tell the IACUC team in the Research Integrity Office (RIO) how we're doing on this quick, 4-question survey, which you can also access by scanning this QR code!


Additionally, 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/.