Animal Care & Use

The Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU) oversees the University’s use of animals in scientific investigation and instruction, manages the compliance activities of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and administers the research support functions of University Research Animal Resources (URAR).

Announcements and News

11/1/2017: The IACUC has adopted new and updated policies in the last month. Please find the Policy on Post-Inspection Response and Communication as well as the Policy on Reporting Unanticipated Outcomes Affecting Animal Well-Being below in the ‘Policies’ menu.

7/3/2017: The Office of Research Compliance recently implemented two enhancements to UGA’s Research Occupational Health and Safety Program to improve the quality of the risk assessment and services and to meet the expectations of our accrediting agency, AAALAC,

  • The review of all Occupational Health Questionnaires is now conducted by specially-trained medical professionals.
  • Personnel receive credit for program enrollment only after risk assessment and confirmation that all recommended occupational medicine services to mitigate risk have been addressed.

These changes may increase the time that it takes for personnel who require additional medical services to be credited in Artemis for enrollment, which may increase the time it takes for AUPs and amendments to be approved. As such, we would encourage you to begin the OHSP enrollment of your new lab personnel as soon as possible after they’ve obtained a UGA MyID and Password.


The use of vertebrate animals in research at UGA requires registration, review and approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). IACUC review and approval is required to ensure compliance with all regulations, policies and standards that protect animal welfare. All animal use proposals are submitted through Artemis.

For general inquiries please contact our staff at

Humane Care and Use Policy

UGA maintains a Policy on Humane Care and Use of Animals that declares its compliance with regulations and policies governing use of all vertebrate animals used in research and instruction.

How Do I Report an Animal Welfare Issue?

The University of Georgia is committed to the humane care of the animals used in its research and instructional activities. If you have a question or concern about animal welfare, we urge you to report concerns to your supervisor or to the University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

The identity of persons reporting concerns is held strictly confidential.


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