Office of Sponsored Programs

Animal Subjects Welfare/IACUC

Animal Care and Use Program/IACUC

The Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP) consists of the IACUC, the Institutional Official (IO), and the Office of Sponsored Programs.

The University of the Virgin Islands Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees the institution’s animal care and use program and is responsible for reviewing all applications involving the use of animals for instructional and research purposes.  

IACUC Mission Statement: To ensure that animal research is conducted in compliance with applicable federal regulations and institutional policies. 

IACUC Membership 

The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as the Institutional Official and appoints members to the Institutional Animal and Care Use Committee.  The IACUC is composed of UVI faculty, staff, a veterinarian, and a community member. 


  • Dr. Richard Nemeth
  • Dr. Henry Awika
  • Ms. Una Dyer
  • Dr. Heidi Stout, Veterinarian
  • Ms. Erica Palmer
  • Mr. Efrain Frank Bermudez, Community Member 

Application Submission 

Applications are submitted for IACUC review through Cayuse Animal Oversight (AO).  The IACUC convenes meetings on an as-needed basis to review applications. 

Training on Animal Subjects Research

The Office of Sponsored Programs subscribes to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Program (CITI) to provide the required training to researchers and IACUC members on the use of animals in research. To submit an application to the IACUC, students, staff, and faculty investigators must have completed the IACUC basic course and the relevant species-specific course.

Animal Subject Compliance Reporting

Concerns or to report incidents related to animal subject research at the University of the Virgin Islands may be reported as follows:

All reports will be kept confidential.