Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee

The Middle Georgia State University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a compliance committee empowered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the United States Public Health Service to oversee research and educational activities involving vertebrate animals, except human beings. Public and private institutions utilizing animals are subject to these regulations, and an IACUC operating at each such institution is the mechanism by which such animal-related activity is regulated and monitored. The committee is comprised of scientists knowledgeable in the use of animals, a veterinarian with training in animal laboratory science, and at least one non-scientist lay member.

Any faculty member or student conducting research, research training, experimentation, biological testing, or use of animals for educational activities, and related activities, involving any living vertebrate animal (other than human beings) conducted at MGA must submit an application to the MGA Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) before research begins with animals. Depending on the research and data collected, it may also be necessary to submit an application to the MGA Biosafety Committee and if humans are the subject of the research, to the MGA Institutional Review Board (IRB).

For more information, please contact Dr. John Pattillo ( or Dr. Dawn Sherry (

 IACUC Members

Institutional Official: Dr. Dawn Sherry


Dr. John Pattillo, Chair

Dr. Tyler Achatz 

Ms. Marion Baker, Curator Preservationist, Go Fish Education Center, GA DNR 

Mr. Cody Hubener

Veterinarian: Dr. Shannon Elliot

Animal Facility Management: Mr. Chris Fitzgerald



Dr. Shauna Mein

Dr. Christine Rigsby