University of Vermont

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee - IACUC


Inspections & Monitoring


  • Twice each year the IACUC conducts a complete review of the University of Vermont's Animal Care and Use Program and inspects facilities where animals are housed and/or used. 

  • The NRC Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations are the principal documents used by the IACUC in its evaluations.  

  • Researchers who house animals in their laboratories over 12 hours should expect visits by the subcommittee of the IACUC at approximately 6-month intervals.  

  • All survival and non-survival surgical sites are also visited.  

  • Researchers can expect a notice of inspection 1 month in advance.

  • Written reports of the program evaluation and inspection are prepared according to PHS policy criteria and are submitted to the full committee for discussion and modification, if necessary, prior to taking action.  

  • Final reports are then forwarded to the institutional official.

  • In addition to looking at the research facilities during the semiannual inspection, IACUC members will conduct protocol monitoring visits.  

  • For further information, see Monitoring Process/Protocol Followup policy. 

UVM Semiannual Inspections Preparation Guide for Laboratories  - Use this checklist to prepare for your semiannual facility inspections.


  • Annually an Animal Welfare Officer from the USDA will inspect the animal facilities and may inspect individual labs.

  • The inspector will meet with the University Veterinarian or a designee who will escort the Animal Welfare Officer through the facilities. 

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