University of Hawai‘i
Research Compliance

About Animal Welfare

What is the Animal Welfare Program?

The Animal Welfare Program ensures appropriate humane care of vertebrate subjects are provided whenever animals are used for research, testing, management, and instructional activities.

The AWS also administers the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC is responsible for ensuring that research, testing, management, and instruction on vertebrate subjects are conducted ethically and humanely by the assessment of regular protocol reviews and on-site monitoring of laboratory and field activities of new and ongoing animal use.

In collaboration with the Office of the System Veterinarian, AWS oversees the health, well-being, and when appropriate, the clinical care of vertebrate subjects whenever animals are used for research, testing, management, and instructional activities.

Researcher Responsibilities

As a UH investigator or research staff you are expected to follow the federal, state, and university policies regarding the health, well-being, and care of vertebrate animals used in research, testing, and teaching.

If you plan to use vertebrate animals for research, testing, teaching, or other activities on behalf of the University of Hawai‘i, you must submit an animal care and use protocol and receive prior approval by the IACUC before beginning work. All protocols are submitted online via the Topaz system.

AWP program information

PHS National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)
UH Compliance Program: Animal Welfare Program
Document: Assurance
Institutional Identifier: A3423-01
Expiration: June 30, 2019

United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
UH Compliance Program: Animal Welfare Program
Document: License of Facility Registration
Institutional Identifier: 95-R-0002
Expiration: November 29, 2019

Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC)
UH Compliance Program: Animal & Veterinary Services
Document: Accreditation
Institutional Identifier: 001645 (JABSOM & CC only)
Expiration: July 1, 2019

The UH JABSOM and UH CC animal care program has been accredited by AAALAC since July 2016.