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VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Research Services


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The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews all animal studies taking place at the facility. The VAAAHS Animal Research Facility is AAALAC-accredited and has received Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) assurance, and follows all Public Health Service policies and Animal Welfare Act regulations. The program also receives guidance from the VA Office of Research and Development's Animal Research Program.

Any Animal Research study that uses VA funding, time, personnel, equipment, or materials or is conducted on VA premises, requires an Animal Component of Research Protocol (ACORP) be completed and approved. All submission must be made through VAIRRS.  Instructions and forms can be found in the VAIRRS Document Libraries.  If this is a new project, you must also have review and approval by the Research and Development Committee.  You can get help on submitting a new project here

All new or triennial ACORPS must be pre-reviewed by the veterinarian before submission to the IACUC. Applications can be emailed to prior to submission. Veterinary reviews can take up to 2 weeks so please leave ample time for review prior to planned IACUC submission.  The IACUC meets on the 2nd Friday of the month.

Questions about animal husbandry or the facility can be directed to Sherry Wagar, Supervisor Veterinary Medical Unit (VMU).

Questions about the IACUC or review process can be directed to Veronica Piggott, IACUC Coordinator.