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Ethical Animal Care.

The Office of Animal Welfare administratively assists the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which oversees the entire animal care program at WVU to ensure the health and well-being of all animals being used for research, testing, and education.

The IACUC provides guidance in all animal-use procedures with the highest humane and ethical principles.


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The Office of Animal Welfare will be implementing the electronic system for IACUC protocol submission and review via the Kuali program soon. Until then, we will continue to use paper documents.



Regulatory training with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Program.


CITI Program

This training is required for all research personnel listed on an animal use protocol and any student enrolled in a course that uses live animals.

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Find out more about training requirements for staff and students.


We have added additional answers to Frequently Asked Questions for your convenience.

However, if you wish to have a more comprehensive explanation, or need assistant with writing your IACUC protocol, please contact the staff at You may also visit our staff page.

FAQ Page

Policies and Guidelines

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WVU and Federal Guidelines

Federal, administrative, and standard operating procedures followed by West Virginia University.