Animals: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)


scientists with hellbenderThe the IACUC is a federally-mandated university committee responsible for maintaining a quality program of animal care in a research and teaching environment. Faculty, staff, veterinarians and members of the community serve on the IACUC.

Before beginning a research or teaching activity with animals, the IACUC must review and approve activities that involve nonhuman vertebrate animals, regardless of funding, which take place on Appalachian's campus or are undertaken by Appalachian faculty, staff or students. The IACUC reviews activities with nonhuman vertebrate animals to ensure compliance with the Animal Welfare Act, the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and our Animal Welfare Assurance.

We are announcing the implementation of Post-Approval Monitoring. Download the June 26, 2018 announcement (PDF). 

Regulatory Information
Appalachian Assurance Number: A4078-01
Approval Current Until: October 21, 2025
Appalachian USDA License and Registration Number: 55-R-0124
Registration Current Until: August 27, 2024


What's New

Office Holiday Closure Dates- December 22, 2023-January 3, 2024

Our office will be closed starting 12/22/23. We will return on 1/3/24.E-mail inboxes will be monitored periodically during this time period to address...

Office Closure Dates for Holiday Break-12/22/22-1/2/23

Our office will be closed starting 12/22/22. We will return on 1/2/23.E-mail inboxes will be monitored periodically during this time period to address...

Cayuse Animal Oversight and Cayuse Hazard transition is complete

Hello Researchers,The transition of IACUC and IBC paper protocol forms to Cayuse Animal Oversight and Cayuse Hazard is complete.  If you have a p...

IACUC and IBC - Cayuse transition and training

Hello Researchers,The IACUC and IBC office is in the process of transitioning to a new electronic protocol system called Cayuse. We are scheduled to b...

Research Protections' Updated Guidance Regarding COVID-19

We continue to monitor the changing impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on University operations, including continuity of research.  In conjunction w...

Office Closed - 12/23/19 - 1/1/20

Our office will be closed starting 12/23/19. We will return on 1/2/20. E-mail inboxes will be monitored periodically during this time period to a...

IACUC Contact Information

  • Institutional Official: Dr. Christine Ogilvie Hendren
  • IACUC Chair: Dr. Kevin Zwetsloot, Department of Health and Exercise Sciences,
  • Animal Care Training Officer: Dr. Mark Zrull, Department of Psychology,
  • IACUC contact: Shante' Mathes, Research Protections,


Access Animal Oversight (IACUC) to complete an online application. Other forms such as the health risk assessment and PAM forms can be downloaded from the IACUC forms page


IACUC Meetings & Membership

Meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis, when a protocol is received that requires Full Committee Review (FCR). See upcoming deadlines.