Animal Care and Use (IACUC)

The mission of NC State’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is to foster compliance through facilitating the efforts employed by the institution’s scientists and instructors in the utilization of the animal model in research, education and other scholarly pursuits.

Appointed by the chancellor, the IACUC has general concern for the welfare of animals used in research, teaching and testing. To this end, the IACUC provides policy and planning guidelines for the university and ensures that applicable rules and regulations are communicated and fulfilled. See the NC State Animal Care and Use Procedures (REG 10.10.01) regarding the use of animals.

There are three ways to report your concerns. Please choose one of the following:
  • To make your report completely anonymously, please go to ethicspoint.com or call 1-844-599-8786. Please note that if you use this method to make your report, the IACUC office will not be able to contact you for an update on the outcome of our investigation because we will not have your contact information.
  • Contact the Office of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at 919.515.7507 or via email iacuc_office@ncsu.edu or Campus Box 7514.
  • Contact University Attending Veterinarian Dr. Gabriel McKeon, 919.513.6638 (office) or 919.390.5946 (cell) or via email gpmckeon@ncsu.edu or Campus Box 8401.

In your report, provide the following:

  • Description of the incident
  • Whether you witnessed the incident yourself
  • When the incident occurred (i.e., time and date)
  • The animal facility or principal investigator (PI) laboratory in which the incident occurred (i.e., building name and room number and/or name of PI)
  • Whether you reported the incident to anyone else, and if so, when and what action was taken
  • Name of complainant and phone number or email (optional)
  • Any other information may be helpful

If you report to the IACUC office or the university attending veterinarian, to the extent that it is possible, the university will preserve your anonymity. It is helpful for the IACUC to have as much information as possible in order to conduct a thorough investigation.

The USDA Animal Welfare Regulations and North Carolina law provide specific protection for employees, IACUC members or laboratory personnel against discrimination or other reprisals for reporting violations of the Animal Welfare Act. (i.e., whistleblower protection).


Training for Animal Users: AALAS Learning Library

All personnel working with live animals under an IACUC protocol must access the AALAS Learning Library for required training.

This includes Faculty, Postdoctoral associates, Graduate students, NC State staff (e.g., animal care and husbandry technicians) and Undergraduate students who work with animals

Please contact the IACUC office at iacuc_office@ncsu.edu or 919.515.9532  for a login to access the AALAS Learning Library for the online Animal Subject Tutorial Training Module.

IACUC Drop-In Virtual Office Hours

Have questions about an IACUC protocol application you’re working on submitting or questions related to the new RED system? The IACUC office is now offering virtual office hours on Zoom where you’ll be able to discuss any questions you have and receive targeted guidance for your protocol in the process.  The upcoming office hours are: