The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for the oversight, evaluation, and assurance of compliance for the institution’s animal care and use program and A&M System components as outlined in the PHS Assurance (), AWA, and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The IACUC meets all federal requirements, as defined in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), the Public Health Service Policy (PHS), and the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The IACUC is responsible for the oversight, evaluation, and assurance of compliance for the institution’s animal care and use program and A&M System components as outlined in the PHS Assurance, AWA, and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
The use of animals is defined as any activity involving vertebrate animals in which the natural lifestyle or movements of the animals is materially altered. Use of animal carcasses, tissues, and fluids obtained specifically for research, testing, or teaching purposes are subject to review according to applicable regulations and may be determined to be “use of animals.”
Personnel who work with animals or are at risk from animal exposure must be enrolled in a Biosafety Occupational Health Program and informed of the risks associated with the animal exposure.
The Office of Research Compliance's Animal Welfare Assurance Program (AWAP) supports Texas A&M's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC), through which all faculty, staff, and students using animals, regardless of location or funding, must obtain approval before activities begin.
If you are unsure whether your project involves use of animals, contact the chair of the IACUC or the Program Coordinator for compliance.
Kathy Svoboda, PhD
HSC-BCD Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Chair