USGS EESC Seeking IACUC Volunteer

At U.S. Geological Survey Eastern Ecological Science Center (EESC), we have an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The committee focuses on ensuring animals are captured, maintained, and utilized in a manner that facilitates – through the promotion of animal welfare – the highest standards of biological science. Major activities include evaluating research proposals that involve live vertebrates, reviewing animal care protocols for captive animals, and performing periodic inspections of animal holding facilities to ensure compliance with federal guidelines.

The EESC is seeking a volunteer to serve as a Community Representative to the Center’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The Animal Welfare Act requires all federal research institutions that conduct research on live vertebrate animals to have an IACUC which must include a non-affiliated member as part of the Committee. The non-affiliated member can be any interested party, as long as they have no direct employment history with the USGS either as an employee or contractor.

The non-affiliated Community Representative serves as a full voting member and would be expected to attend monthly IACUC meetings, either in-person or virtually. Meetings are typically one hour in length with a total monthly time commitment of approximately 2-3 hours. Basic training on Animal Welfare Act regulations will be provided, so ideally, we are looking for someone with a long-term interest in animal research.

Interested parties can contact the EESC IACUC Chair, Daniel Day at dday@usgs.gov or 443-695-0225.