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Animal Welfare protects the care and welfare of vertebrate animals used in research and teaching.

This program oversees, in combination with the University of Hawaii Office of the Veterinarian (UHOV), the health, well-being, and clinical care of most vertebrate animals used in research, testing, and teaching system-wide.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), is administered by this program, which reviews, approves, and monitors laboratory and field research protocols and instructional activities involving vertebrate animals to help ensure they are used and cared for ethically and humanely.