Animal Care & Use

About Our Program

The UNC Charlotte Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), along with the Institutional Official and the Attending Veterinarian, is responsible for ensuring the protection and care of vertebrate animals used in research studies at UNC Charlotte. The IACUC, working in conjunction with the Office of Research Protections and Integrity, ensures that animal research is conducted according to long-standing ethical principles and federal, state and university regulations.

This site provides access to the tools needed to successfully prepare and submit your IACUC protocol applications. On this website, you will find:

We encourage you to contact the Office of Research Protections and Integrity early in the process of completing your protocol application.

Mary Tomida, IACUC Coordinator, Office of Research Protections and Integrity 704-687-1872
Dr. Angelica Martins, Director, Office of Research Protections and Integrity 704-687-1876

Dr. Yvette Huet, Kinesiology, IACUC Chair
Dr. Didier Dréau, Biological Sciences, IACUC Vice Chair

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to a program of animal care which ensures that all animals involved in research and teaching are used in ways judged to be scientifically, technically, and humanely appropriate. The University is further committed to assisting faculty and students in fulfilling their obligation to plan and conduct animal experiments in accord with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles, and in accord with the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Animal Welfare Act. For further information on the University's commitment, see University Policy 310, "Laboratory Animals Used for Teaching and Research."

In support of this commitment, the University has established the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) that, together with the University Attending Veterinarian, the Director of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR), and the Office of Research Protections and Integrity (ORPI) administers policies and procedures related to the University’s program of animal care. 

The ORPI provides administrative support for the IACUC, assists investigators in completing protocol application forms, coordinates annual reviews, tracks participation in the occupational health and safety program, schedules meetings, and compiles the minutes of the IACUC. The ORPI also schedules the semi-annual inspection of animal facilities and the semi-annual review of the Animal Care and Use Program.

Final responsibility for the Animal Care and Use Program rests with the Institutional Official, Dr. Rick Tankersley, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development. For more information about the reporting structure of the University's Animal Care and Use Program, see the Research and Economic Development
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