Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP)

WVSOM is committed to working with animal subjects in an ethical manner.  WVSOM holds an Animal Welfare Assurance through the Office of Animal Welfare (D16-00151/A3238-01, Expires March 31, 2023) and a USDA APHIS Registration Certificate (54-R-0002, expires August 9, 2020).

Any research proposal that uses vertebrate animals or animal tissue must have the protocol approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). PIs should contact the IACUC chair for information regarding requirements for review.  The IACUC will only review research projects that have received approval from the ORSP (through completion and review of the ORSP-1 form).

Additional resources regarding animal welfare are provided below.

WVSOM Animal Care and Use Policies and Procedures

IACUC Policy R-01 Use of Research Animals

IACUC Manual  

IACUC SOPS and additional resources

Contact IACUC@osteo.wvsom.edu for additional information.

Submitting an IACUC Protocol

The IACUC considers protocols on a rolling basis.  

Steps for IACUC protocol submission and review of a protocol

  1. Complete the required IACUC training (at a minimum the CITI Program "Animal Researchers and Staff" and "Minimizing Pain and Distress" courses).  Your protocol cannot be approved until all trainings are completed and medical clearance is granted by/for each personnel listed on the study.
  2. Additional trainings will be indicated when the Research Project Initiation form (ORSP-1) is submitted or amended, or upon receipt of the IACUC protocol submission.
  3. Contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) with any additional administrative questions.
  4. Contact the IACUC Chair or IACUC Administrator with any protocol related questions or content questions.
  5. Submit the protocol through the electronic system.  For questions about electronic protocol application, contact the IACUC Administrator.
  6. The IACUC Chair or designee will do a pre-review and require changes prior to sending to the full committee.
  7. The IACUC will conduct a full review with the convened committee.
  8. It is typical of the Committee to require modifications in order for approval to be granted.
  9. Do NOT initiate any animal activities (including ordering of animals) until you have received an approval letter, signed by the IACUC Chair, from the ORSP.

Personnel

  • All personnel who work with animals for research or educational purposes are required to complete training related to personnel safety and animal welfare.
    • Online courses through CITI are required.
    • Specific requirements are based on your interaction with the animals.
    • Contact the ORSP for more information.
  • All personnel who work with animals must participate in the Occupational health and safety (OHS) monitoring program overseen by Human Resources and the IACUC and receive medical clearance.  Monitoring updates must be undertaken:
    • Annually,
    • When work with a new species is planned, 
    • When new procedures are planned, or
    • When an individual's health status changes.
    • Initial or updated OHS monitoring can be started here.  New users should choose the link that indicates "I don't have a login."  Use your WVSOM email address (@osteo.wvsom.edu).

Reporting an animal care concern

WVSOM will immediately investigate an allegation of abuse of research animals, or misconduct regarding animal use in research.  You do not have to identify yourself and you may report concerns anonymously.  To report an animal welfare concern anonymously, you may:

  • fill out an Animal Welfare Incident Report (paper copies available in the animal care facility).  Your IP address is stripped before the report is sent to the IACUC, so you may remain anonymous.  You do not need to identify yourself on this form, or provide contact information.  However, if you choose to identify yourself in the report, you identity will be kep confidential to the extent possible.  OR
  • call 304-793-6560 and leave a message. Your phone number is not collected when you dial this number so you may remain anonymous.  You do not need to identify yourself.  However, if you choose to identify yourself in the report, your identity will be kept confidential to the extent possible.

Contacts

Diana Bird
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Administrative Assistant Senior
(304) 647-6289
Peter Feltman, MS
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Research Integrity and Compliance Administrator
(304) 647-6284
Dave Brown, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Biomedical Sciences
IACUC Chair
(304) 647-6289
Edward Bridges, PhD
Vice-President of Administration and External Relations
Office of the President
Institutional Official
(304) 647-6200
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
National Institutes of Health