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Research Using Animals


The Animal Welfare Act (AWA)

The AWA, along with its implementing regulations 9CFR, mandates minimal standards of lab animal care. These standards apply to nearly all academic and research institutions and are enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through randomly scheduled, unannounced inspections to ensure that all regulated facilities comply with the law. If an inspection reveals deficiencies in meeting the AWA standards and regulations, the inspector instructs the facility to correct the problems within a given time frame. If deficiencies are uncorrected at the follow-up inspection, legal action can be taken. Such action could include fines and/or license suspensions or revocations.

The animal care and use program at ODU is a Public Health Service (PHS) assured program and is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care. ODU implements humane care and management practices for animals in compliance with USDA regulations promulgated under the Animal Welfare Act, the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching. ODU has an established Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) in accordance with USDA regulations, and abides by the care and management practices approved by the IACUC. The animal research program at ODU ensures the ethical and humane use of animals involved in teaching and research activities by providing quality animal care in a research environment that promotes good science.


The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) is responsible for administering and coordinating the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Animals (PHS Policy). The Health Research Extension Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-158) is the mandate for the PHS Policy.

Office of Animal Care & Use

When receiving funds from the Public Health Service (PHS), including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Animal Care and Use, additional requirements must be met in accordance with their policy manuals.

Report Animal Welfare Concerns

Training & Resources

IACUC Meeting Dates
Meetings of the IACUC are scheduled monthly. The deadline for protocols submission is the last Friday of every month. Protocols must be submitted to the Compliance Officer, Kersten Wheeler. Prior to full committee review, all protocols must be pre-reviewed by a statistician. A statistician is now a member of the committee. If drugs are used, protocols must also be pre-reviewed by the Veterinarian.

Meeting dates may be rescheduled due to holidays or if the Chair or Attending Veterinarian is unable to attend. Updated meeting times will be posted to this website within one week of the meeting. The meetings will be held at the Frank Reidy Center for Bioelectrics conference room; 3rd Floor, Innovation Research Park Building #2.

Protocol Submission Deadlines

IACUC Meeting Dates for Fall 2014

Friday, Sept. 5
Thursday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3

Thursday, Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 3

Thursday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m.

Animal research related forms are located below and also on the Forms, Policies & Procedures page. If you have questions, contact Kersten Wheeler, Research Compliance Coordinator (kwheeler@odu.edu).

* IACUC Field Protocol Application-June 2014 - Required information for research using animals

* IACUC Protocol Application Form with Attachments - Protocol form animal compliance