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

5/14/2018: The Office of Animal Care and Use will be hosting an IACUC Townhall on June 12th from 3-4 PM in H203 of Vet Med. We hope you’ll join us for a productive discussion on “Writing and Maintaining a Protocol.”

5/9/2018: NEW POLICY ALERT — The IACUC has recently approved the Housing Locations Policy which specifies important information regarding appropriate animal housing locations. The policy is available for your review in the Policies section of this web page.

5/9/2018: The following policies and guidelines have recently been updated: Eligibility to Submit Protocols Policy, Reporting and Investigating Concerns Policy, and Guillotine Guidelines.  Each of these policies is available for your review by clicking the titles above. Alternately these can be found in the Policies section of this web page.

2/26/2018: Please be advised that the literature search (section 7.1 and 7.2) conducted during AUP development for Highest Use Categories B and C is now required only if USDA species will be utilized in the project. However, a narrative about the consideration of alternatives (7.3) must still be provided for all animal species.


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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