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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The Western Carolina University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) will assure that animal care and use are in compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations as well as university policy and assurances.

The IACUC is the principal advisory source on humane care and use of animals within the University and the appropriate body for reviewing and investigating concerns or complaints involving the appropriate care and use of animals. The committee has the authority to negotiate modifications and suspend or terminate animal activities deemed not in compliance with those regulations.

All WCU personnel using animals for research, education, or testing activities must undergo training and submit an application for review by the IACUC prior to beginning the activity. Forms may be downloaded from the table below, researchers should choose the form most appropriate for their research methods. While undergraduate or graduate students may assist in the completion of the IACUC submission, only WCU faculty or staff may serve as the Principal Investigator.

Completed application forms should be submitted to

Protocol Review Forms

Form Purpose
IACUC Standard Operating Procedures This document describes the operating procedures for all committee functions
Request for Initial Review of Laboratory Research This form is used for research studies that take place in an on-campus laboratory.
Request for Initial Review of Wildlife Field Study This form is used for field studies where wild animals will be manipulated.
Request for Initial Review for Observational Study This form is used when a researcher is strictly observing animals in their natural habitats.
Request for Initial Review of Classroom Use of Animals This form is used when an instructor plans to use live animals for an educational purpose. 
Request for Addendum/Modification This form is used to request the review and approval of changes to previously
approved research.
Request for Renewal Your protocol will expire one-year after the approval date. Use this form to renew or extend your approval.
Adverse Event Form This form is used for the reporting an adverse event.
Semi-Annual Report This report only needs to be completed when specifically requested by the IACUC.
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