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Vertebrate Animal Care & Use Program


Policy 13 Requirements for Personnel Training was revised and approved by the UH IACUC on April 20, 2017.

Protocol-Specific training and Occupational Health and Safety, including zoonoses training, were incorporated in the revised policy. In addition, the training requirements described in the UH IACUC Procedure on Volunteers, Students, and Workshop Participants Handling or Using Vertebrate Animals on UH IACUC Protocols, approved by the IACUC on April 16, 2015, were also incorporated in the revised policy.

All individuals listed on an approved IACUC protocol, involved in an IACUC exempt activity, or volunteers, students, and workshop participants handling or using vertebrate animals, must be adequately trained and qualified to do so, and in a manner that ensures their health and safety.


2017 IACUC Meeting Schedule now available.

Welcome! The Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for the oversight and evaluation of the animal care and use program and its components.

The committee is composed of volunteers that consist of veterinarians, biological and non-biological scientists, and local community representatives. The members are appointed to the committee by the system-wide program Designated Institutional Official on the behalf of the Office of the Chancellor.

The committee provides a vital service to the University of Hawaii by:

  • Reviewing protocols for research, teaching/training activities that involve and require the use of vertebrate animals;
  • Conducting semiannual inspections and program reviews of facilities and laboratories that house and/or use vertebrate animals in their activities;
  • Investigating concerns brought to the attention of the committee that may involve alleged vertebrate animal use noncompliance;
  • Reviewing and addressing issues concerning the humane care and use of vertebrate animals brought to the attention of the committee by the University’s administration, faculty, staff, and/or students; and
  • Developing institutional policies to ensure the humane treatment of vertebrate animals that are involved in the University’s academic and research programs.

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University of Hawai'i Policies

External Guidelines for Research Involving Animals

For more information Contact the University of Hawaii Compliance Officer:

University of Hawaii
2425 Campus Road

Sinclair 10
Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-4552, (808) 956-4446
Fax: (808) 956-5785

Mr. Norman Magno at
Ms. Denise Yee at