Meharry’s IACUC and Animal Care Facility oversee the institution’s animal program, facilities and procedures. The IACUC membership includes practicing scientists experienced in animal research, an attending veterinarian, non‐scientists, and non‐institution affiliated members. The IACUC reviews applications for experimental procedures with animals following criteria set forth in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, OLAW and UDSA. Additionally, the IACUC reviews any individual concerns reported to the Institutional Official, IACUC Chair, attending veterinarian, or any member of the IACUC.

The IACUC meets once a month (4th Tuesday) and may have additional meetings to review studies qualifying for Full Board review. Expedited reviews are considered on an ongoing basis.

The IACUC, not the researcher, determines the review level. Correspondence with the IACUC should be directed to IACUC@mmc.edu. IACUC forms and documents, application information, study submission deadlines, administrative concerns, and general inquiries, see links below.

The Animal Care Facility at Meharry is reviewed semiannually by the IACUC and has been accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation for Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) since 1972. The ACF at Meharry operates in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act as Amended (7 USC, 2131-2156); Health Research Extension Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-158); follows the Public Health Service policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals – revised 2015; and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals – revised 2011.

Looking for more information? Visit our IACUC intranet (please note, a login is required).

Whistle Blower Notification
Meharry Medical College (MMC) works diligently to maintain the highest standards for animal welfare. The administration of MMC, the animal care staff, and the IACUC are committed to meeting or surpassing all applicable government guidelines and regulations for animal care and use, ensuring that animals used on campus are well cared for, used appropriately, and in minimal numbers. The IACUC is committed to complying with and surpassing all applicable animal care regulations, in both an actual and perceptual sense. This applies to all animals, whether teaching, testing, and research. If you or anyone in your laboratory suspect animal abuse or misuse has occurred at MMC, please notify us immediately with any Animal Welfare or Compliance Concerns (Anonymous) or  email ACF@mmc-edu.

MMC will not tolerate retaliation toward, or harassment of, employees or students who report actual or possible violations. All reports of animal abuse will be treated confidentially and appropriate actions will be taken to rectify the problem.

CITI Training is required prior to eProtocol access.

eProtocol contains all forms, instructions and timelines.

Please review all regulations, policies and guidelines on the NIH OLAW – Office of Laboratory Animals website.

Find more information and resources on the USDA – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website.