Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Important Update:

ORC is working to update IACUC guidance for Phase 2 of the Plan for Phased Continuity of the Research Enterprise (PDF). Breeding and experiments (not already approved) should both be minimal, and each requires prior approval (using the Research & Scholarly Activity request form) in addition to an approved IACUC protocol.  In the interim, before initiating breeding and/or experiments, please email your request to UMaine’s Attending Veterinarian, Jim Weber ( with copy to the IACUC (  Before initiating an approved Research & Scholarly Activity which involves animals, please note that permission by the applicable Lab Manager must be obtained prior to performing any experiments in close quarters.  For more information, please visit: COVID-19 Guidance for Researchers.

The IACUC, through the Office of Research Compliance, will continue to review submissions (both new protocols and amendments) to the committee during this time, however, while the University is directed to limit research activities and animal husbandry, only animal studies approved through the OVPRDGS Research and Scholarly Activity Requests may be initiated during this period.  We understand this guidance will be highly impactful to many research programs, and we appreciate your commitment to sustaining our UMaine animal research program through this challenging time.

Please contact the Office of Research Compliance for assistance (

Updated 6/2/2020

Submit protocols or amendments to

The University of Maine is registered as a research facility in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act and the Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The University of Maine holds the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) of the National Institutes of Health assurance for vertebrate animals used in research, teaching and outreach. In accordance with the Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the University of Maine works with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) of the National Institutes of Health to assure the welfare of animals used in research and teaching.

The Animal Welfare Assurance (1) confirms the commitment that the University of Maine will comply with the PHS Policy, with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and with the Animal Welfare Regulation; (2) describes the institution’s program for animal care and use; and (3) designates the institutional official responsible for compliance.

Animal Welfare Assurance #: A3754-01

Vertebrate animals may share in varying degree many sensory, emotional, and cognitive responses with humankind. It is essential that we assume responsibility for their welfare and that animal use for research or teaching purposes be conducted in a humane, compassionate manner. To justify the ethical costs of using live animals in research, teaching, or testing, there must be reasonable expectation that such usage will contribute to the advancement of knowledge, which may eventually benefit humankind and/or animals. No research, teaching, or testing activities using live vertebrate animals shall be initiated until the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has approved a protocol for such use.

Contact for Questions

Portrait of Paula PortalatinPaula Portalatin
Research Compliance Officer III
207.581.2657, 311 Alumni Hall