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IACUC Overview

The University of Richmond (UR) is committed to the highest standards of ethical practices in the research enterprise. For research that involves vertebrate animals, UR maintains an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). This federally mandated committee is composed of members qualified through experience and expertise to oversee UR’s animal program, facilities, and procedures. IACUC provides a framework for compliance with federal policies, guidelines, and principles related to the use of vertebrate animals in research and teaching.

UR policies for animal care and use encompass regulations of the Animal Welfare Act as amended (Public Law 99-198 – The Improved Standard for Laboratory Animals Act), Guidelines and Principles of the United States Public Health Service Policy,and The Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching.

IACUC meets several times during the academic year to review research proposals. IACUC approval is required prior to initiating a study involving animals. Review our schedule of meeting dates.

The IACUC chair is biology associate professor Dr. Peter Smallwood.