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Animal Care

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), Vanderbilt University (VU), and the Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VA) are actively involved in a broad range of research and training programs, which require high quality animal facilities. 

The mission of the Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP) is to provide humane animal care that meets the highest national standards supporting knowledge and discovery through research.

Oversight Committees

VUMC Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP)

ACUP supports the biomedical research and teaching programs at VUMC, VU, and VA. ACUP is designed to meet the standards and guidelines set forth in the Animal Welfare Act and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals through programs that

  • monitor compliance with approved protocols, 
  • provide appropriate husbandry and veterinary care of research animals; 
  • administer occupational health services to employees with exposure to animals; 
  • design, maintain, and monitor physical facilities; and 
  • provide a safe environment for both animals and personnel.

ACUP is registered with the USDA (USDA Registration #63-R-0129) and operates under a PHS Animal Welfare Assurance Statement (PHS Assurance #A3227-01).

International Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

All proposed activities using live vertebrate animals at VUMC, VU, and VA are reviewed by the IACUC. In addition to providing continuing protocol review in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act Regulations, the IACUC also establishes policies (e.g., acceptable mouse cage density, food/water regulation) and reviews, semi-annually, the animal care program and all animal housing and study areas. All personnel listed on IACUC protocols must complete required training modules and pass the corresponding tests contained within each module. For some protocols, additional training and/or an evaluation of proficiency is required.

Division of Animal Care (DAC)

The DAC provides procurement, husbandry and veterinary care services in support of research and teaching at VUMC, VU and VA-TVHS. 

The DAC’s comprehensive preventative medicine and veterinary care program includes daily observation of animals (including weekends and holidays) by animal care, veterinary, and research staffs.

The DAC is the oversight agency for the following:

  • Animal Care Billing
  • Cage Cards Requests
  • Animal Transfers

Office of Animal Welfare Assurance (OAWA)

The mission of the Office of Animal Welfare Assurance is to provide efficient support to the Vanderbilt Research Community by:

  • Promoting the highest standards of ethical care and use of animals in research and education
  • Providing effective communication of regulatory laws, standards, and policies to animal users
  • Establishing good working rapport with animal research agencies and institutions around the globe


Contact Directory

  Lead Day-to-day Contact
VUMC John Manning
Jeanne Wallace
615-343-7682 | e-mail
VU Padma Raghavan
615-322-6155 | e-mail
Hilda McMackin
615-875-2716 | e-mail
ACUP Printha McCallum
615-322-6852 | e-mail
IACUC Main Office
615-936-8163 | e-mail
DAC Main Office