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

3/16/2018: The Office of Animal Care and Use will host its first IACUC Town Hall of 2018 on April 16th. Join us for “Tips for Completing Your IACUC Protocol” in H203 beginning at 9am.

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.

1/9/2018: If your IACUC protocol includes the use of euthanasia solution for euthanasia, be aware that there is a nation-wide shortage of euthanasia solution.

What you need to know and do:

  1. You should amend the AUP to add alternative methods prior to the potential need if you anticipate that euthanasia solution may not be available when needed,
  1. Please contact the URAR veterinarians or the Attending Veterinarian for guidance. The IACUC uses the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia as the reference for determining which methods are acceptable. A pdf of the Guidelines on Euthanasia is available on the AVMA website:
    The main alternative options are going to involve placing the animal under deep anesthesia and then either 1) overdosing with anesthetic or 2) using a physical method such as exsanguination, decapitation, or captive bolt. If a physical method is used, the animals must be assessed to ensure adequate depth of anesthesia (surgical plane or deeper) before the physical method is used. The best method will, of course, depend on the species and situation.
  1. If an animal requires euthanasia and euthanasia solution is not available, but the AUP has not been amended to add alternatives, the PI must contact the URAR veterinarians or the Attending Veterinarian for assistance.

1/1/2018: UGA was awarded Continued Full Accreditation by AAALAC International in December following an on campus site visit which occurred Summer 2017.


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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