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

3/5/2021: The Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns Poster can be found in the Forms & Tools section of this OACU webpage, where it can be printed to post. This signage must be posted in any area where live animals are taken for research and/or teaching procedures under IACUC purview. If you are responsible for such an area, please ensure that one of these signs is posted in an easily visible location inside the room or facility.

8/10/2020: IACUC involvement in Return to Research Plans:

Researchers must have their RRPs approved as described in the Office of Research “Research Resumption Requirements for UGA Faculty/PIs” before performing animal research activities.

Researchers working in spaces managed by other departments, such as the URAR animal facilities or the BIRC, must follow the requirements of that department.

Researchers are not required to obtain specific IACUC permission to return to animal research activities that have been previously approved by the IACUC.

8/01/2020: The IACUC recently revised the Policy on Animal Use Protocol Roster Requirements and PI Eligibility and the Policy for Volunteers in Research and Instructional Protocols.

3/16/2020: The Office of Research has launched a webpage that addresses many of the questions you may have regarding sustaining research activities during this unprecedented time of the Coronavirus pandemic.  The site can be found here:


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). UGA’s Policy on Reporting and Investigating Animal Welfare Concerns can be found here.

The identity of persons reporting concerns to the IACUC is held strictly confidential if requested.

One may also report concerns anonymously, through the Anonymous Welfare Concerns Reporting Form or through the UGA Ethics and Compliance Reporting Hotline: 1-877-516-3467.


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