Initiating an Animal Study
All PIs will need an approved IACUC protocol. Allow 4-6 weeks for approval of a new protocol by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
To initiate an animal order for the Vivarium, fill out this form.
If you wish to transfer animals to a new or existing protocol, complete this form.
If you already have an approved protocol, but it does not cover imaging studies, an amendment can be submitted to the IACUC. Most imaging studies will use the procedures described in the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on In Vivo Optical Imaging of Mice and Rats.
If your study procedures are covered in that document, simply indicate that in the Animal Use and Care Protocol or in your amendment that your studies will conform to that SOP.
If you will need the assistance of UNC Charlotte staff to perform your imaging procedures, include in your protocol or amendment a statement that the imaging studies will be performed by UNC Charlotte staff under the Imaging SOP.
If your procedures do not comply the SOP, or for assistance with IACUC Protocol preparation, contact the Attending Veterinarian (AV) or the IACUC Coordinator in the Office of Research Protections and Integrity (ORPI). Researchers from other institutions should contact our AV for assistance with obtaining an approved IACUC Protocol.