Office of Animal Welfare


News & Announcements

Post Approval Monitoring


Center for Comparative Medicine

Other Resources

Patricia Foley, DVM, DACLAM
OAW Director
Phone: 434-924-1884
Email: plf6z

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

News & Announcements

An important message from Thomas C. Skalak, Vice President for Research, to Principal Investigators and Researchers occupying UVa laboratory space (NEW!)

Are you planning to submit a new protocol to the ACUC? Did you send it to Dr. Foley for Pre-Review?

All proposals to use laboratory animals for research, teaching, and/or testing must be reviewed and approved by the ACUC. New protocols, from either new faculty or existing faculty, must be pre-reviewed by Dr. Patricia Foley at prior to the submission to the ACUC for review. All supporting documents like satellite housing SOPs, aquatic SOPs, or clinical scoring forms need to accompany the pre-reviewed protocol.

If you are a new Principal Investigator at the University submitting your first animal use protocol, please contact Dr. Foley to set up a meeting time. This will provide an opportunity to discuss the protocol review process, other programmatic requirements, as well as your animal research goals.

After completing the online protocol form but prior to selecting "prepare this protocol for submittal," contact Dr. Foley. She will review the entire protocol and provide feedback that will improve the protocol's readability, provide consultation on use of appropriate anesthetics and analgesics, and ensure completeness prior to full committee review. This pre-review should decrease the number of revisions subsequently requested by the ACUC, and improve chances of receiving full approval. Allow adequate time (at least one week prior to the ACUC Protocol Submission deadline) for the pre-review process.

Click here to view current pre-review and submission deadlines.

Inter-Institutional Agreement Concerning Laboratory Animal Welfare Regulations and Institutional Responsibilities - Do you need one?

The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 8th ed, requires collaborating institutions to maintain a formal, written understanding that "addresses the responsibility for offsite animal care and use, animal ownership, and IACUC review and oversight." In order to fulfill this requirement, the IACUC has created the Inter-Institutional Agreement Concerning Laboratory Animal Welfare Regulations and Institutional Responsibilities form. Scientists who collaborate with other institutions on projects involving vertebrate animal models will be required to complete this form, regardless of which institution will be responsible for the animal experiments.

The form serves as the framework for an agreement that delineates each institution's responsibilities for oversight of animal care and use.

Examples of when to use this form include:

  • when a faculty or staff member from another institution will be involved in an animal research project conducted at UVa
  • when a UVa faculty member performs manipulations on or breeds animals at UVa and then sends the animals to another institution for subsequent procedures or analysis
  • when an NIH-funded grant involves collaborative work at 2 separate institutions and animal experiments will occur at one of those institutions

This form is different from UVa's Materials Transfer Agreement. Contact Sarah Hudson at for copies of the form or if you have questions regarding the use of this form.

ACUC Policy Updates

Below is a list of recently updated ACUC Policies. We recommend reviewing these policies if relevant to your research. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Patricia Foley at

All ACUC policies can be found here.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Please contact Mary Riggins at or 243-1480 to register for any of these training opportunities.

Animal Research Orientation Seminar [more info]

Friday, June 1st 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. MR-5, Room 1041

Rodent Biomethodology Class [more info]
(former title: Rodent Handling Workshop)

Monday, June 11th 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Jordan Hall, Room B-044

Rodent Anesthesia and Analgesia Class [more info]

Wednesday, May 30th 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon Jordan Hall, Room B-044

Principles of Rodent Surgery Class (Two days) [more info]
(former title: Rodent Aseptic Surgery Class)

Session 1/2: Wednesday, June 6th 9:00 a.m. - Noon Jordan Hall, Room B-044
Session 2/2: Thursday, June 7th 9:00 a.m. - Noon Jordan Hall, Room B-044