Office of Animal Welfare

IACUC

Primary oversight of animal use at the University of Washington is the responsibility of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The committee includes at least one scientist with expertise in experiment design, at least one veterinarian experienced in care of research animals, at least one non-scientist, and at least one unaffiliated member — someone not employed by UW and whose immediate family members are not UW employees. The IACUC members are appointed by the Institutional Official (IO), who is granted that authority by the President of the University. The IO is responsible for the proper functioning of the University’s animal care and use program, including compliance with all laws and regulations. The IO at the University of Washington is the Sr. Associate Vice Provost for Research Administration and Integrity.

The IACUC ensures compliance with federal regulations, reviews and approves each proposed animal project before it can begin, inspects animal facilities, and performs a comprehensive review of the University’s animal program twice a year. The IACUC deliberates about animal care on a monthly basis and meetings are open to the public.

We are voluntarily posting to this open web site the IACUC meeting minutes and semi-annual reports to the IO because we believe in openness and transparency about the important work that we do.

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