The Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) is a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research, which oversees all aspects of research at the University of Minnesota's five campuses, provides guidance to individual researchers, and manages the system-wide research enterprise. The Vice President for Research and Institutional Official for laboratory animal care and use programs at the University of Minnesota is R. Timothy Mulcahy.
OAW includes Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) administrative staff as well as staff who conduct post-approval monitoring and rodent surgery site semiannual inspections on behalf of the IACUC. Together, these functions create a single IACUC support team under the leadership of OAW Executive Director Cynthia S. Gillett.
OAW's administrative support staff manage the review process for Animal Care and Use Protocol (ACUP) submissions, the ACUP database, IACUC meetings, and serve as a general information resource for investigators regarding the IACUC.
OAW's compliance and training assistance staff manage the various federally and locally mandated inspection processes, which include the semiannual IACUC housing and laboratory inspections, post-approval monitoring, and monthly visits to Investigator Managed Housing Areas. These staff also conduct training activities for IACUC policies and procedures.