The UMBC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is committed to overseeing an animal care and use program that provides a humane and compliant environment for animals and supports the research and teaching programs of our researchers, instructors, and students.

Research and teaching involving live vertebrate animals conducted under the auspices of UMBC is reviewed by the IACUC in compliance with federal regulations, its  Animal Welfare Assurance (# A3784-01) and institutional polciies and procedures. Protocols describing the animal use in detail must be submitted to and approved by the IACUC before animal use can begin.

Additionally, all personnel involved in the care and use of research or teaching animals must complete required training and follow recommended procedures described in the UMBC Occupational Health and Safety Program  prior to having contact with the animals. 

Briefly, the protocol review process entails:

  1. Completion and submission of an IACUC protocol form. The Office for Research Protections and Compliance (ORPC) staff are available to answer any questions regarding the IACUC submission process and IACUC review of research studies. The protocol form should be submitted electronically to
  2. Review of a submitted protocol for consideration and review at a scheduled meeting
  3. Review of research annual continuation activities and modifications to research.

For questions, complaints or concerns about animal care, please contact either the:

Office for Research Protections and Compliance            
5523 Research Park Drive, Suite 310
Baltimore, Maryland  21228          
Attending Veterinarian
Veterinary Resources-UM,B
10 South Pine St., Room G-100, MSTF
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

All complaints or concerns are kept confidential and may be reported anonymously.

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