Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns


The University of Virginia promotes the highest standards of animal care and use, and therefore expects humane and responsible treatment of all animals being used for research, testing, or education.  The University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is required by law to investigate reports of suspected animal abuse or mistreatment.  If you observe or suspect animal abuse, mistreatment, or non-compliance with approved protocols, University policy, local, state, or federal regulations, please report the incident.  The IACUC will investigate and evaluate concerns raised by anyone regarding the care and use of animals at the University.  Concerns can also be made anonymously.

Office of Animal Welfare
Elson Hall, Room 030
Phone: 434.924.5752
Fax : 434.982.4092

Animal Care and Use Committee
Fontaine Research Park, Building 400, Room TBD
Phone: 434.924.0405
Fax: 434.982.4092

Center for Comparative Medicine
Phone: 434.924.5058

ACUC Chair
Phone: 434.924.5029

Sr. Assoc. VP for Research/RIO (Research Institutional Official)
Phone: 434.924.3603

VP for Research
Phone: 434.924.8494 

Anonymous Reporting
Compliance Hotline: Fill out a form or call 1-800-235-8700
If animals are in pain, distress, or immediate danger, please consider reporting the incident directly to the OAW Director or Attending Veterinarian instead of the Compliance Helpline in order to decrease response time.


In order to fully investigate every concern, please include as much information as possible surrounding the event such as:  description of the incident, date and approximate time, location where incident occurred, names of individuals involved, and the animal protocol number.

The Federal Animal Welfare Act prohibits the discrimination or reprisal against any person reporting a violation of animal welfare regulations or standards.