Animal Care and Use

WMed strongly affirms the essential role that research and education involving live animals has in the advancement of biological and medical knowledge. Critical to that advancement of knowledge is the humane care and treatment of all animals used in research.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a committee of scientists, nonscientists, veterinarians, and community members. It has the responsibility of overseeing and routinely evaluating the Animal Care and Use Program. This is achieved through the evaluation of the care, treatment, housing, and use of animals as well as ethical considerations in research. In addition, the IACUC helps certify compliance with regulatory and oversight standards.

About the Committee

The IACUC is responsible for oversight of the Animal Care and Use Program and its components as described in the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

The IACUC membership must consist of at least 5 members and includes:

  • One veterinarian with training or experience in laboratory animal science and medicine, who has direct or delegated authority and responsibility for activities involving animals at the institution;
  • One practicing scientist experienced in research with animals;
  • One member whose primary concerns are in a nonscientific area (e.g., ethicist, lawyer, member of the clergy); and
  • One member who is not affiliated with the institution other than as a member of the IACUC.

Scope of IACUC Authority

The IACUC has jurisdiction over research conducted by WMed personnel at the W.E. Upjohn Campus, and it may give approval to non-faculty members (i.e., non-WMed entities performing work on campus) on a case-by-case basis. The IACUC reports to the Institutional Official, who has authority over this compliance area at WMed, including appointment authority to the committee.

For more information about the IACUC or to submit a registration, email iacuc@med.wmich.edu.

Submit an Animal Welfare Concern

The IACUC will always refer to the OLAW most recent guidance on reportable events when determining whether or not to report an event.

Notification Process:

  1. Adverse events or unanticipated problems must be immediately reported (via phone call, text or email) to the PI, Animal Resources Manager, and Attending Veterinarian (AV).
  2. The AV, in consultation with the IACUC Chair, will then determine if the preliminary information regarding the unanticipated problems or adverse events are reportable to the regulatory authorities (e.g. OLAW) or a non-reportable event.
  3. If the preliminary information regarding these unanticipated problems or adverse events is deemed reportable by the AV and IACUC Chair, the Institutional Official (IO) will be notified.
  4. The IO (or the IACUC Chair as designated by the IO) will contact OLAW and provide a verbal preliminary summary for the details of the adverse event.