Office of Animal Welfare


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Post Approval Monitoring

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Center for Comparative Medicine

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Angela Gamble, BS, LATG
OAW Compliance Manager
Phone: 434-924-5752
Email: adr8s

OAW Location & Contacts
Cobb Hall, Room S-052 & S-055
P.O. Box 800720
Charlottesville, VA
Fax: 434-982-4092
Email: animalwelfare

Post Approval Monitoring

Compliance Manager
Angela Gamble

Guidance Documents
Best Practices for Quality Care
Laboratory Inspection Checklist
ACUC Policies
Anesthesia Record Form
Procedure Record Form
Rodent Surgery Log

Consistent with the mission and values of the University, our research
endeavors must demonstrate adherence to state and federally mandated research guidelines. The Office of the Vice President for Research is responsible for oversight of the University's research compliance. The Office of Animal
Welfare is directly responsible for ensuring that animal subjects used in research are used in a manner that is in full accordance with federal regulations (PHS Policy and the Animal Welfare Act), and as approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

The PHS Policy and Animal Welfare Regulations (AWRs) stipulate that the IACUC must review the program for humane care and use of animals and inspect all animal facilities at least once every six months. As part of this semi-annual review, members of the IACUC visit all of the research laboratories where animals are used for research, testing, or education.

In addition we have developed a program of post-approval monitoring to provide feedback throughout the year for all aspects of animal research at University of Virginia.

This program provides several distinct benefits:

  • Provides an ongoing mechanism for ensuring compliance with applicable animal care and use policies, guidelines and laws.
  • Serves as an opportunity for constructive interaction and education for the research staff and animal care personnel.
  • Helps us prepare for visits by outside evaluators, such as USDA inspectors, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) staff, and Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care Intl. (AAALAC) site visitors.

The Compliance Manager for the animal research program is available for consults, competency assessments, and routine laboratory inspections. If you would like further information please contact:

Angela Gamble


Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns

The University of Virginia promotes the highest standards of animal care and use, and therefore expects humane and responsible treatment of all animals being used for research, testing, or education.  The University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is required by law to investigate reports of suspected animal abuse or mistreatment.  If you observe or suspect animal abuse, mistreatment, or non-compliance with approved protocols, University policy, local, state, or federal regulations, please report the incident.  The IACUC will investigate and evaluate concerns raised by anyone regarding the care and use of animals at the University.  Concerns can also be made anonymously.

Various avenues (shown in the table below) are available to report concerns regarding animal welfare.

Office of Animal Welfare
Cobb Hall, room S-055
phone: 434-924-5752
fax : 434-982-4092
Animal Care and Use Committee
Cobb Hall, room S-052
phone: 434-924-0405
fax: 434-982-4092
Additional contacts, to report concerns regarding animal welfare, can be found here.

In order to fully investigate every concern, please include as much information as possible surrounding the event such as:  description of the incident, date and approximate time, location where incident occurred, names of individuals involved, and the animal protocol number.

The Federal Animal Welfare Act prohibits the discrimination or reprisal against any person reporting a violation of animal welfare regulations or standards.