About the ACUC

What is the Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC)?

The ACUC reviews all research using live vertibrate animals for compliance with federal regulations.The activities of the ACUC are coordinated by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

The ACUC is made up of members with diverse backgrounds and expertise to conduct a complete review of research activities and safeguard the welfare of animal subjects at Western Washington University.

Duties of the ACUC

Specific responsibilities of the ACUC include the following:

  • Review at least once every six months the University's program for humane care and use of animals.
  • Inspect at least once every six months the University's animal facilities and ensure that proper external reviews are conducted as needed.
  • Make recommendations and prepare reports regarding any aspect of the institution's animal program and facilities.
  • Review the training procedures for university employees charged with the care and use of animals at the University.
  • Review, approve, suggest modifications, or disapprove activities relating to the care and use of animals.
  • Immediately recommend to the supervising senior administrator the suspension of inappropriate activity involving animals.
  • Generate and maintain administrative procedures that will facilitate the discharge of these duties.