Radford University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The Radford University IACUC is committed to the humane care and use of laboratory animals, having oversight of all animal-related activities performed at Radford University.

The IACUC is mandated by federal law to oversee the University's animal care and use program, facilities, and procedures and to ensure the appropriate care, use, and humane treatment of animals being used for research, testing, and education. It is the responsibility of the IACUC to ensure that all work performed with research laboratory animals used at Radford University complies with all applicable federal, state, and institutional laws, policies, and guidelines. This responsibility applies to all research and teaching, regardless of location and funding source.

The IACUC also serves as a resource for faculty, investigators, technicians, students, and staff, further ensuring that all research, teaching, and testing are conducted in accordance with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles. At Radford University, the members of IACUC are appointed by the Institutional Official.  

Before any investigator purchases, obtains, or works with vertebrate animals, an animal research protocol must be submitted for review and approval by the Radford University IACUC.

The Radford IACUC meets as often as necessary in order to review protocols or discuss business.  Protocols are assessed in a streamlined process that includes a Research Compliance Office review and an attending veterinarian consultation. 

Where to Direct Feedback, Questions, Concerns, or Complaints:

Questions concerning the approval process, animal protection regulations, etc. may be directed to the IACUC Office at irb-iacuc@radford.edu or 540.831.5290.  Alternatively, you may contact the Institutional Official, Dr. Jeanne Mekolichick at 540.831.6504 or email to: jmekolic@radford.edu.      All communication will be handled confidentially if requested.

We also invite IACUC comments and feedback to help improve our operations.

Confidential reporting is also available to register a concern about animal welfare or to file a complaint.

The Whistle Blower Complaint Form (see the hyperlink, below) does not require contact information to be provided; however, for the most thorough investigation of concerns to be conducted, or to request any additional information regarding anonymous comments or concerns, the IACUC Committee and Research Compliance Office greatly appreciate at least minimal contact information is provided so that the most thorough investigation of the concerns may be conducted. 

To submit a concern or complaint: https://radford.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dp4GC68UbqK6Tl4