Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees all research involving animals. Prior to the initiation any research efforts involving the use of animals, all UNCG researchers must have IACUC approval. If you have any questions regarding your IACUC application, the best way to contact us is by email at email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: We no longer require Annual Reviews yearly. Protocol will be approved for three-year periods, however we will still require denovo reviews (a new application at the beginning of the fourth year of work). Amendments will still need to be submitted for IACUC review.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE AN ANONYMOUS REPORT REGARDING AN ANIMAL CONCERN, PLEASE CALL 336-334-4231. You can also make a report to the Facility Operations Manager, the IACUC Chair, or the Attending Veterinarian
How do I obtain space for use at the animal facility?
Please complete the Application for Space Assignment for Animal Facility
How do I order animals for my research?
For information regarding animal ordering, contact the facility at 336-334-5277
Does the animal facility offer any training in animal procedures?
YES, Animal use procedure training available on-site. This can be scheduled by calling 336-334-5277.
IACUC Training Requirements
What are the general training requirements for an IACUC application?
Tri-annual completion of CITI’s Working with the IACUC Curriculum and a species-specific course for the species you will be working with.The CITI Animal Care and Use Courses meet United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) requirements for basic training in the humane care and use of animals. CITI is a well-respected, web-based training product that was designed by, and is updated and maintained by, a number of nationally known research professionals. CITI is based at the University of Miami. It is designed around topic-specific modules, each followed by a short quiz. The core courses will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete, while each specialized species or model specific course will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. Please note that the courses do not have to be completed in one sitting. CITI is user-friendly and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What are the occupational health and safety training requirements for an IACUC application?
1) All research personnel must view the Lab Animal Safety Part I and Lab Animal Safety Part 2(below) and complete and submit the short quiz via Qualtrics on these topics along with your IACUC application.
2) All animal users must have an Occupational Health Initial Screening Form completed through the UNCG Anna M. Gove Health Center. Once the form has been completed, please send the completed form to Dr. Traci McMillian in Student Health Services by inter-office mail or by fax at 336-334-5343. This form must be completed annually, at every protocol renewal for all animal users on an approved protocol*
*PLEASE NOTE: Faculty and staff will be charged a nominal fee, and the department will be billed by interdepartmental mail following the completion of the form. Students who pay a health fee will receive a discounted rate.
After all required training mentioned above is complete and the protocol is approved and, all animal users on the protocol must be assessed by the Attending Veterinarian and/or the qualified training staff at the animal facility for competency for all techniques approved within that protocol at the beginning of their work.
IACUC Protocol Submission Information
How do I submit a NEW application?
- The NEW Revised! Initial IACUC Application will be required as of October 30, 2018 and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated applications also below.
Does an IACUC application require a Departmental Scientific Merit Review?
It is required that a new protocol have a Departmental Scientific Merit Review completed prior to submission to the IACUC. A Departmental Scientific Merit review can be helpful in order to evaluate the proposal for adequacy of the following areas:
- Significance: Does the project address an important problem in the field?
- Investigator: Are the PIs and other researchers capable of carrying out the project?
- Innovation: Do the experiments challenge current scientific paradigms
- Approach: Are the overall strategy, methodologies, and analyses appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project
- Environment: Is the scientific environment adequate for successful completion of the work?
Please see below helpful resource regarding the importance of the departmental scientific merit review.
How long will the submission process take?
- It is highly recommended that a consultation with the IACUC Attending Veterinarian and/or the Facility Operations Manager take place ahead of submitting your IACUC protocol. Please contact email@example.com to obtain this contact information.
- NEW IACUC protocols will be seen by the full committee. Your IACUC application will need to be seen by the ORI for training and occupational health records, the Attending Veterinarian, and amended if requested, before it will be reviewed by the committee. In order to get your new study reviewed at the next IACUC meeting, please allow at least two weeks of review time and make sure all requested changes are made at least eight (8) working days ahead of the next scheduled IACUC meeting date.
- Amendments and Annual Reviews will be reviewed by the Designated Member review process and will not need to go to the full committee unless otherwise specified by the reviewing members.
How do I submit Personnel Amendment and and Protocol Amendments?
- PLEASE NOTE: We no longer require Annual Reviews yearly. Protocol will be approved for three-year periods, however we will still require denovo reviews (a new application at the beginning of the fourth year of work). Amendments will still need to be submitted for IACUC review.
- Please use the applicable paper forms on the IACUC main page.
- All studies that will be at their three year (i.e. fourth continuing year) will be entered as a New Application.
How will communication of stipulations or approvals occur?
- All communication will be by email from the IACUC or the ORI.
How do I request an animal transfer?
- Please obtain an Animal Transfer form, submit this as an Amendment indicating “Animal Transfer”. Please attach the signed Animal Transfer form to the submission. The Animal Facility staff, will review and process the transfer. This should take no longer than 2-3 business days, and it is recommended that the transfer be requested with consideration of this time frame.
Who do I contact if I have any questions?
- If you need assistance or have questions about completing the IACUC application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policies and Procedures
- Protection of Animal Subjects in Research Policy
- Animal Facility Manual
- Post-Approval Monitoring Policy
- Scientific Merit Review
Helpful Information for Working with Animals
- Animal Facility Visitor Policies and Forms
- Adverse Event Form
- Hazardous Material Handling Procedures (HMHP)
- OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire
- Occupational Health Program
- Occupational Health Initial Screening Form
- Occupational Health Continuing to Work With Animals Form
- Exception form
Occupational Health Training