Animal Welfare Office (AWO) & IACUC


The mission of the Animal Welfare Office (AWO) is to support and facilitate the institutional animal care and use program (the Program) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The Program means the policies, procedures, standards, organizational structure, staffing, facilities, and practices put into place by an institution to achieve the humane care and use of animals in the laboratory and throughout the institution. It includes the establishment and support of an IACUC (ethical and regulatory oversight committee) and the maintenance of an environment in which the IACUC can function successfully to carry out its responsibilities under the Guide and applicable laws and policies.

The IACUC has a key role in the interpretation, implementation, oversight, and evaluation of institutional animal care and use programs. The IACUC has administrative and regulatory oversight of the Program and supports the Feinstein Institute-Northwell Health investigative community of creative thinkers who share a singular focus of advancing science to prevent disease and cure patients. The AWO administers one Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and offers services in support of research endeavors and compliance with federal and state regulations, organizational and program polices governing animal based research.

AWO Office Functions

  • Administrative and regulatory leadership and support of the IACUC;
  • Guidance in complying with organizational and program policies and requirements;
  • Pre-submission assistance including what to consider when developing research proposals;
  • Information and resources to facilitate research and maintain compliance;
  • Implements risk-based program of continuing review;
  • Congruency verification of federally supported 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.

Federal Assurances

The Program is registered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare Public Health Service (PHS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, and New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).

The Program is accredited by the Association of the Assessment of Laboratory Animal Care, international, (AAALAC), a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. Earning and maintaining accreditation keeps an institution aware of, and engaged in, current best practices. Accreditation is a true commitment to humane animal care and use and shows the world that an institution is serious about ensuring animal well-being and conducting good science. AAALAC accreditation is widely considered the “gold standard” of commitment to the wellbeing of nonhuman animals used in research.

PHS Assurance: #D16-00107 (formerly A3168-01)
USDA Registration: #21R0107
NYS Registration: #A-060
AAALAC: #000751

For questions regarding the Northwell Health IACUC, please contact:

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

AWO Contact Information

AWO Specialist: 516-465-2546
AWO Administrative Support Associate: 516-465-2585