Institutional Animal Care & Use

The proper care, use, and humane treatment of animals used in research, testing, and education requires scientific and professional judgments based on a knowledge of the needs of the animals and the special requirements of the research, testing, and educational programs. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at WPI is charged with overseeing and evaluating WPI's animal program, procedures, and facilities to insure that it is consistent with all applicable guidelines, recommendations, and regulations. The major functions of this committee are to:

  • Review of proposed uses of animals in research, testing, or education (i.e. protocols).
  • Establishment of a mechanism for receipt and review of concerns involving the care and use of animals at WPI.
  • Evaluation of programs and animal-activity areas.
  • Inspection of all animal facilities.
  • Submission of reports to responsible institutional and government officials.

On this Web site, you will find information about the IACUC at WPI, relevant regulations and guidelines, and all forms and documents needed for working with animals at WPI. Please keep in mind that vertebrate animals may not be used at WPI for research, testing, or education without IACUC approval and oversight. If you have any concerns, contact Sakthikumar Ambady (IACUC Chair) at +1-508-831-5714 or email, or Elizabeth Stepien (IACUC Coordinator) at +1-508-831-6800 or email.

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AAALAC Accreditation

WPI’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC)