Animal Welfare Committee

The mission of Animal Welfare Committee is to ensure the proper care, use, and humane treatment of animals used in research and teaching at Gardner-Webb University. GWU is committed to the highest standards of animal welfare and has established procedures to protect any animal subjects used in research and/or teaching. The Committee will also oversee treatment of wildlife on University property.

GWU does not engage in research that requires an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) as defined by the US Department of Agriculture & required by the Animal Welfare Act. All procedures and policies are based on those standards.

Responsibilities of the Animal Welfare Committee include:

  • Review and approve research protocols for studies of wild animals in or from natural settings
  • Review and approve research protocols for studies of animals from captivity or pet stores
  • Review and advise the Provost on the request to purchase animals for the beautification of the University
  • Review and approve changes to the use of animals in ongoing research
  • Review and advise the Provost on campus animal exhibits
  • Conduct inspections and evaluations of the institution’s animal housing or facilities (pens, cages, ponds, etc.) every six months
  • Prepare reports and make recommendations to the Provost on any aspects of animal welfare concerns
  • Revoke approval for research or activity involving animals when necessary

Membership

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with expertise in laboratory animal medicine and has direct or delegated responsibility for program authority and responsibilities for activities involving animals at the institution
  • Practicing scientist with experience in research involving vertebrates
  • Practicing scientist with experience in research involving invertebrates
  • Representative from Safety Committee
  • Non-scientific member from the University

Resources


Contact Us

Dr. Joseph Oyugi
Committee Chair
joyugi@gardner-webb.edu