The W&M Animal Care and Use program operates under the OLAW Animal Welfare Assurance D16-00419 (#A3713-01) for the period of 5/11/17-4/30/21.
The W&M USDA Registration number is 52-R-0002 valid until 8/1/2020.
To request Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval for a project, login to the Protocol and Compliance Management system. A PI may create and submit a protocol for committee review allowing ample time for protocol review before the projected protocol beginning date (3-4 weeks). Research may not commence until an approved protocol has been reviewed and ruled active.
Please do not wait until you receive a protocol expiration notice and expect to have the protocol reviewed overnight or even within a week. Protocols are provided to the entire committee for review and this takes time to accomplish.
Often, revisions are required. This will take additional time for the approval process.
PIs who obtain external funding for projects must provide an active protocol number, title, and date of approval to their Sponsored Program Administrator prior to a Banner index being established for use. Annually, the researcher should update the protocol approval date with their Sponsored Program Administrator.
Note: There must be congruence between the funded sponsored program narrative and the approved protocol.
Faculty who do not submit annual renewals in a timely manner are subject to fiscal account(s) being frozen until the annual review has been submitted/ approved.
Please note: annual renewals are not automatic. APHIS interprets continuing reviews as a monitoring process conducted in an effort to determine that a study remains in compliance. This process is performed annually. Three year protocols that are not submitted for annual review/approval will be deemed to be out of compliance.
Note to VIMS Researchers: All compliance correspondence will be sent to your W&M email address. Visit the IT website for instructions on forwarding your W&M email to your VIMS address.
For questions about IACUC procedures or forms, please email [[cacorb,Cindy Corbett]] or call 221-3966.
- Committee Membership
- OLAW Guidance on Animal Care
- The 3 Rs of Alternatives: Reduction, Refinement, Replacement
- PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals FAQ's
- IACUC Policy and Procedures for Research and Teaching Involving Live Vertebrate Animals
- Occupational Health and Safety Program for Animal Care and Use (pdf)
- IACUC Posting Form (pdf) must be posted in all the rooms where animals are kept.
Federal Regulations and Compliance
- CITI Federal Compliance On-Line Training Programs -IACUC members, PIs, staff, and students involved in the care and use of laboratory animals are required to complete the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Occupational Health and Safety modules of the CITI program. The PI is responsible for ensuring all personnel on protocol have received appropriate levels of training. Please register in CITI under affiliation with "College of William & Mary".
- NIH video training on Aseptic Techniques. This course addresses four areas of basic instruction for aseptic surgery: procedure area setup, sterile instrument prep, animal prep, and surgical attire and gloving.
- OLAW--NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (contains basic documents concerning the protection of animal subjects)
- The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) promotes integrity in biomedical and behavioral research supported by the Public Health Service (PHS) at about 4,000 institutions worldwide. ORI monitors institutional investigations of research misconduct and facilitates the responsible conduct of research through educational, preventive, and regulatory activities.
Useful Laboratory Animal Care and Use Sites
- American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)
- Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC.org)
- Track APHIS/AC rules and notices in the Federal Register
- AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia (pdf)
- Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research (pdf)
- Guidelines for Use of Fishes in Research (pdf)
- Guidelines for Use of Live Amphibians and Reptiles in Field Research (pdf)
- Xenopus laevis report (pdf)
- Powerpoint presentations and training videos/DVDs (xls) currently available through the W&M Environment Health & Safety Office. If a training topic is not on the list, please inquire with EHS as to availability.