Animal Welfare Program
2425 Campus Road, Sinclair 10
Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-4446
Fax: (808) 956-9150

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Animal Welfare Program has a new “First Time User Information” section to assist new users in starting their work with vertebrate animals. There is also newly posted information about requirements for addressing Occupational Health and Safety as a part of the IACUC review process.



UH Animal Welfare Program: Response to COVID-19

The University of Hawai‘i (UH) is seriously concerned for any researcher, staff member, and support personnel involved in animal-related research or instruction and impacted by COVID-19.  As guidance, please direct your attention to these guidelines from the NIH/OLAW (Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare):


What is the Animal Welfare Program?

The Animal Welfare Program ensures appropriate humane care of vertebrate animals is provided whenever they are used for research, testing, management, and instructional activities. The AWP also administers the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC is responsible for ensuring that research, testing, management, and instruction on vertebrate animals are conducted ethically and humanely by the assessment of regular protocol reviews and on-site monitoring of laboratory and field activities of new and ongoing animal use. In collaboration with the Office of the System Veterinarian, AWP oversees the health, well-being, and when appropriate, the clinical care of vertebrate animals whenever they are used for research, testing, management, and instructional activities.

Researcher Responsibilities

As a UH investigator or research staff you are expected to follow the federal, state, and university policies regarding the health, well-being, and care of vertebrate animals used in research, testing, and teaching.

If you plan to use vertebrate animals for research, testing, teaching, or other activities on behalf of the University of Hawai‘i, you must submit an animal care and use protocol and receive prior approval by the IACUC before beginning work. All protocols are submitted online via the Topaz system.

AWP Program Information

PHS National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)

UH Compliance Program: Animal Welfare Program
Document: Assurance
Institutional Identifier: A3423-01
Expiration: June 30, 2027

United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

UH Compliance Program: Animal Welfare Program
Document: License of Facility Registration
Institutional Identifier: 95-R-0002

Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC)

UH Compliance Program: Animal & Veterinary Services
Document: Accreditation
Institutional Identifier: 001645 (JABSOM & CC only)

The UH John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and UH Cancer Center (CC) animal care program has been accredited by AAALAC since July 2016.