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Committee: Institutional Animal Care & Use


Ten members made up as follows: six faculty members to include one scientist with laboratory animal research experience and one non-scientist (three appointed each year for two-year terms); director of the bioscience research facility; a local attending veterinarian, two community members (with no institutional affiliation). The Dean of the College of Science and Health Professions and the Research Integrity Officer are non-voting ex officio members.


This committee functions in compliance with the USDA and Public Health Service (PHS) regulation requiring all institutions using federal funds to carry out research or teaching that involves the use of live, warm-blooded vertebrate animals to have a standing Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The University Animal Welfare Committee’s role is to ensure the ethical use and sensitive care of animals utilized in research and teaching, to monitor the use of animals in teaching activities as specified by USDA regulations, to review all research projects proposed for PHS support, and to evaluate institutional facilities used in the housing of animals. The activities of the Animal Welfare Committee also conform to the “University Policy Regarding the Use of Dead Animals and/or Dead Animal Parts” (1984). This committee reports to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.


The Committee meets at least twice a year. Minutes are maintained by the Dean of Science and Health Professions and sent to the Director of the Bioscience Research Facility and Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.


2021-2022 Committee Members

Dr. Christine Hallman, Chair (2022)
Library (BA)

Dr. Jody Buckholtz (2023)
GWCSHP, Chemistry

Dr. Johnny Mark Kirk (2022)
COE, Psychology & Counseling (BA)

Dr. Sallie Ruskoski (2022)
GWCSHP, Medical Lab Services (BA)

Dr. Cammi Valdez (2023)
GWCSHP, Medical Lab Services (BA)

Dr. Janaki Iyer (2023)
GWCSHP, Biology (BA)

Dr. Mark Paulissen
Bioscience Research Facility Director

Dr. Pamela Hathorn, ex officio

Dr. Carla Swearingen, ex officio 
Research Integrity Officer

Dr. Bobbi Musgrove
Attending Veterinarian

Rev. Matthew Franks
Community Member

Dr. Sarah Thorne-Smith
Community Member