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Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)

The UWF IACUC is a federally mandated committee that oversees the protection of the rights and welfare of animals utilized in research conducted by university faculty, staff and students. The IACUC review process is guided by federal and state regulations, and university policy. IACUC members include faculty, staff, and community members (scientists and non-scientists) who, in the aggregate, possess a broad range of interests and expertise that correspond with the areas of research reviewed.

UWF policy requires that all educational, training, or research activities involving vertebrate animal subjects, at any UWF campus or by any UWF faculty, staff or student, must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee prior to initiation. ANY PURCHASE OF ANIMALS FOR RESEARCH MUST BE APPROVED BY THE IACUC PRIOR TO PURCHASE, REGARDLESS OF THE SOURCE OF FUNDING.

Recent Updates

Principal Investigators on IACUC applications are required to be UWF faculty. Students may be listed as co-investigators or additional personnel.

Working in Direct Contact with Animals

For faculty, staff or students working in direct contact with animals:

Required Training

  1. Primary investigators, co-investigators, and listed assistants working with vertebrate animals for educational, training, or research activities must complete the required CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) course: “Working with the IACUC”.
  2. If animal protocols include the following species, listed investigators, co-investigators and assistants must take the corresponding species-specific CITI course:
    • Frogs, Toads or other Amphibians
    • Mice (Family: Muridae Cricetidae)
    • Rats (Genus: Rattus)
    • Hamsters (Family: Muridae)
    • Guinea Pigs
    • Fish
    • Zebrafish
    • Wildlife Research
  3. Investigators and personnel working on animal protocols that include antibody production, aseptic surgery, or procedures that include more than momentary pain and distress must take the corresponding CITI course.

IACUC CITI Instructions on how to access the required CITI course(s) regarding animal use and care. These courses are free for all UWF faculty, staff and students. Completed CITI training certificates should be included in any IACUC application.

Forms for Researchers
IACUC Amendment Form Researchers must use this form when submitting an amendment request.
IACUC Annual Report Form This report is to be completed at the end of the first and second year of the protocol. Protocols expire at the end of the third year; to continue the study, a new application must be submitted.
IACUC Application Form 2017‌‌ (PDF) Researchers must use this form when submitting a project for IACUC approval.
IACUC Field Collections for Student Research and Teaching (PDF) Researchers planning to conduct animal field collections for use in student research and teaching must submit this form to IACUC for approval.
IACUC Final Report Form To close out an animal research protocol. To be completed within 30 days of an approved animal care and use protocol ending.
IACUC Holding Protocol A required temporary hold for animals on campus for care only that are not assigned to an active IACUC protocol.
IACUC Water Parameter and Feeding Observation Log Template for aquatic species.

Questions or to report animal welfare concerns? Contact Natalie Mead at or 850.474.3484.

Committee Roster


  • Ms. Brooke Kerns, Community Member (Chair)
  • Mr. Michael Cobb, EHS
  • Dr. Mary Deaver, Veterinarian
  • Dr. Brian Hood, Philosophy
  • Dr. Youngil Lee, ESCH
  • Dr. Prerna Masih, Biology
  • Dr. Karen Pritchard, Biology
  • Ms. Pennie Sparks, EHS


Registered Research Facility

UWF's Animal Care and Use Program recently became an approved Research Facility registered with the USDA. This registration ensures the University's compliance with the Animal Welfare Act.

USDA #58-R-0156

Meeting of IACUC

The Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) will meet Monday, April 29, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. The meeting will be held both in person in the RAE conference room of Building 11, Room 105 and virtually via Google Meet.

Google Meet joining info

The Google Meet link can be made available upon request.

Questions? Contact Natalie Mead or 850.474.3484.

Designing your Research Project

Researchers should use the following resources when designing research activities involving vertebrate animals to ensure that animal safety and welfare are protected.

Other Resources

Researchers engaged in activities involving animals must be aware of the regulations involved with the care and use of animals. The guidance provided here can assist researchers with planning safe and ethical animal research.

Federal Regulations


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the main body involved in the regulation of animal use.

Animal Welfare Act and Regulations

Other USDA Resources

Animal care and use activities associated with projects funded through the Public Health Service (PHS) must comply with regulations set forth by the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW).

PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

Other NIH Resources