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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The IACUC is a federally mandated committee; its establishment is required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Welfare Regulations and the Public Health Service (PHS). The committee is qualified through the experience and expertise of its members to oversee the institution’s animal care and use program, facilities, and procedures. It provides a framework for compliance with federal policies, guidelines, and principles related to the use of animals in research, teaching, and testing.

  • To ensure compliance with all federal, state, and institutional regulations, policies, and standards to protect animal welfare, researchers must receive IACUC approval for all use of vertebrate animals in research, teaching, and testing.
  • IACUC approval is required whether the proposed activity is to be funded or unfunded.
  • The IACUC also conducts semiannual inspections of all areas where animals are housed and used, reviews the institutional program for animal care and use, and reports its findings to the Institutional Official (Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development).

IACUC forms

The Animal Care Application (ACAP) is the electronic application system for faculty, staff, and students to submit their research proposals for approval to utilize vertebrate animals for research, teaching, testing, and demonstration. To apply to the IACUC, click here. For help with completing the application, contact the IACUC Administrator, Dr. Tonya Hargett (click here for mail or 285-3184).

Training programs

The USDA Animal Welfare Regulations and PHS policy require all participants in animal research, testing, teaching, and demonstration to complete basic training in the humane care and use of animals in a research environment. Any person listed on an application to the IACUC must complete the training modules to be in compliance.

The training modules for researchers and IACUC members can be accessed through the N.C. A&T research training system. Send an email to the IACUC Administrator, Dr. Tonya Hargett, to get a username and password for the system. Include your full name, email address, and department in the email.

Additional training (hands-on) can be coordinated with the IACUC, Laboratory Animal Resources Unit Director, or University Farm Superintendent.

Occupational Health and Safety Program (OHSP) for animal handlers

The  OHSP protects the health and safety of individuals who work with animals, to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act and PHS Policy. The goal of the N.C. A&T  OHSP is to identify, evaluate, manage, and reduce potential health risks associated with an individual’s exposure to animals and hazardous agents. The A&T IACUC and Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS) are responsible for implementation of the OHSP related to the use of animals in research, teaching, and testing.

Enrollment is required before working with animals

The IACUC has the responsibility to verify that individuals are enrolled in the OHSP before they are approved to work with animals. Individuals are not allowed to have access to animal areas until they are enrolled in the OHSP. To enroll, complete this form and send it to:

Environmental Health and Safety
HAZMAT Building
Attention: Mr. Dan Hurley

How to report misuse, mistreatment, or noncompliance

If you observe misuse or mistreatment of animals, or if you see procedures that you do not think comply with federal regulations or institutional guidelines, report the incident immediately to any of the following (click on the links below for contact information):

If you choose to be anonymous, you may call the university's confidential hotline number, 1 877 507-7313.

Research clearance for graduating master's and doctoral candidates

The Graduate School requires that students applying for graduation be cleared through the Office of Research Compliance and Ethics to ensure the University’s compliance with applicable laws governing research.

Click here for details.

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