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AVS Services

Veterinary services

The Office of the University Veterinarian (UV) has system-wide responsibilities for overseeing the health and well-being and clinical care of all vertebrate animals used by institutions in the system, as required by United States federal law. As such, the Office of the UV provides at least quarterly to semi-annual scheduled visits to facilities where vertebrate animals are housed or used for research, teaching, or testing. The Office of the UV may provide veterinary care for animals used on specific protocols.

Operating the vivaria

AVS operates the vivaria, one located in the Biomedical Sciences Building on the UH Manoa campus and the other at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) campus in Kaka‘ako. AVS provides daily care of animals in the vivaria used for biomedical and neurosciences research, teaching, and testing.


AVS helps fulfill the federal mandate that personnel involved with care and use of vertebrate animals are adequately educated, and/or qualified in the basic principles of animal care and use to ensure quality research and animal well-being. As such, AVS provides education for personnel using or caring for animals at the UH.

AVS provides its services in accordance with all Federal, State, and local requirements for the humane care and use of animals.

Required Approval for Veterebrate Animal Research, Teaching, and Testing

If you plan to use vertebrate animals for research, teaching, testing, or other activities on behalf of the University of Hawai`i you must submit an animal care and use protocol and receive prior approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) before beginning work. All protocols are submitted online via the Topaz web based system.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) – Instructions for requesting access and for protocol submission

If you already have a Topaz user name and password, you may access the Topaz Login Site.