Animal Care & Use
The West Virginia University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees the entire animal care program at WVU, insuring the health and well-being of all animals being used for research, testing, and education. The IACUC serves as a resource to investigators, technicians, students, staff and administrators, providing guidance in fulfilling the obligation to plan and conduct all animal use procedures with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.
The IACUC is appointed by the Vice President for Research at WVU and includes scientists, veterinarians, non-scientists, and local community representation. The IACUC reviews all proposals for animal use and monitors animal activities to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and established standards.
West Virginia University recognizes and embraces the fundamental interdependence of humans and animals and is committed to humane care and use of all animals. Animal-related activities are an essential part of WVU’s teaching, research and outreach missions and help WVU advance the quality of life for people and animals. Animal activities at WVU are conducted in a manner that is compliant with the humane care and management practices required by standards and regulations promulgated under the Animal Welfare Act, the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching. WVU has established an IACUC in accordance with all of the above listed standards and regulations as it is assured with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, registered with the United States Department of Agriculture and accredited by AAALAC International (see WVU AAALAC International accreditation letter).