Institutional Membership

New Institutional Members receive a plaque, certificate of membership and an educational CD. SCAW sends annual renewal notices to current Institutional Members. Pay online or download and complete the renewal form and mail.

SCAW is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible, according to federal and state regulations.

New Secure on-line service for institutional members only.

Institutional Members can view the SCAW Newsletter, Voice Over Power Points, educational and scientific reference materials and timely updates. Current Members will receive a link, user name and password.

Invitation from SCAW Board of Trustees

Dear Colleague:

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) Board of Trustees invites your organization to join SCAW as an Institutional Member. SCAW is composed of research professionals dedicated to the promotion of animal welfare and excellence in basic and applied scientific inquiry. SCAW affirms that the potential benefit to humans and animals from research is of paramount importance. By addressing animal research challenges directly through education, training and problem solving initiatives, SCAW serves to facilitate open discussion between stakeholders including representatives from USDA and OLAW. This, in turn, provides a forum in which federal representatives can engage in a constructive dialogue with the research community in order to craft solutions and promote best practices in the advancement of science and medicine.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) are mandated by the Animal Welfare Act to oversee the welfare, care and use of animals used in research, testing and teaching. UDSA/APHIS/AC Policy 15 states “IACUC members should be trained in understanding the AWA, protocol review and facility inspections”. SCAW sponsors educational meetings beneficial to IACUCs and institutions alike. SCAW conducts workshops and conferences on issues related to the responsible and humane use of animals in research, testing and teaching. These provide IACUC members and others in the animal research community with opportunities to learn new information, discuss complicated protocols and keep current with new and developing events. The SCAW website describes these training opportunities.

There are different levels of membership with accompanying benefits; please see the tabs on the left for becoming an Institutional Membership. We hope that you will join supporting SCAW and do so at the highest level possible.


Randall J. Nelson, PhD

President, SCAW Board, Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Paul G. Braunschweiger, PhD

Vice President, SCAW Board Professor Emeritus, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

A. Wallace Hayes, PhD, DABT, FATS, FIBiol, FACFE, ERT

Secretary, SCAW Board, University of South Florida

Gregory R. Reinhard, DVM, MBA, DACLAM

Treasuer, SCAW Board, Director, Office of Animal Welfare University of Pennsylvania

Ernest D. Prentice, PhD

Past President, SCAW Board, Professor Emeritus, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy University of Nebraska Medical Center

Programs and Services

SCAW IACUC Training Workshops are one-day workshops created by SCAW to train members of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) and others involved with research animals. Training is recommended by USDA guidelines, PHS policy and AAALAC guidelines. The format lets small groups discuss specific, complex topics that are relevant to IACUC functions. Please visit the SCAW website for more information on upcoming workshops.

SCAW also sponsors an Annual Winter Conference each year. SCAW will continue to be a major source for fulfilling the training requirements stated in USDA/APHIS/AC Policy 15 that states ”IACUC members should be trained in understanding the Animal Welfare Act, protocol review and facility inspections.”

The SCAW Newsletter includes topics such as: national polices, compliance, industrial concerns, biomedical research issues in all research animals, book reviews and information on national association meetings.

SCAW also has many Publications on the humane care and use of research animals, a few of which are listed below:

  • Revision of SCAW’S Research Animal
  • The Well-Being of Animals in Zoo and Aquarium Sponsored Research (New)
  • Performance Standards and Animal Welfare: Definition Application and Assessment Parts I & II
  • Genetic Engineering and Animal Welfare: Preparing for the 21st Century