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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, teaching, and outreach.

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


Chicks under a heat lamp at the Animal Sciences Farm.

The Office of Animal Welfare will be implementing an electronic system for IACUC protocol submission and review soon. Until then, we will continue to use electronic Word 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.

CITI Login

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 assistance with writing your IACUC protocol, please contact the staff at You may also visit our staff page.

FAQ Page

Policies and Guidelines

Aerial photograph of a large brick building with turrets (Woodburn Hall)

WVU and Federal Guidelines

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