Animal Welfare Office


Animal Welfare Office (AWO) supports the Animal Research Program in collaboration with the Center for Comparative Physiology (CCP) and the Feinstein Institute-Northwell Health investigative community of creative thinkers who share a singular focus of advancing science to prevent disease and cure patients. We offer services in support of research endeavors and compliance with federal and state regulations and organizational polices governing animal based research. The AWO administers one Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) charged with ensuring compliance with standards and regulatory requirements, conducting protocol reviews and proposal approvals, and ongoing monitoring of all activities involving live vertebrate animals.

AWO Office Functions

The function of the AWO is to provide:

  • Administrative support to the IACUC;
  • Guidance in complying with program participation requirements;
  • Pre-submission assistance including what to consider when developing your research proposals;
  • Information and resources to facilitate your research and maintain compliance;
  • Implements Risk-Based Program of Continuing Review;
  • Congruency verification of federally supported animal-based activities;
  • Investigate reports of animal welfare concerns and allegations of protocol noncompliance;
  • Address any questions or concerns about the animal research program and animal care and use

For questions regarding the Northwell Health IACUC, please contact:

Michelle Aparicio
Director, Animal Welfare Office
Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) &
Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
Phone: (516) 465-2717
General Email: