Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The UTRGV's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is specifically charged with the responsibility to assure the humane care and treatment of animals used or intended for use in all research, research training, experimentation, teaching, biological testing, or for related purposes involving live vertebrate animals.

Forms and Training


All IACUC applications and forms must be submitted to IACUC electronic system, Tick@lab. Please include all supporting documentation for your research and/or request. All applications are finalized with an electronic signature. To expedite processing, ensure your AUP is signed before submission.

RCR Statement

All Principal Investigators (PIs) and the research personnel listed on their protocols must now complete Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) training. This can be completed by taking a CITI RCRtraining course, taking an RCR training (submit certificate) or submitting completion of a Research Ethics course (submit transcript).

All new protocols for Human Subjects, Animal Welfare, Biohazardous Materials and rDNA will require a completion report of RCR training that has been taken within the last four years. If there is a protocol that was already approved, then the RCR training will be required when an Annual Review is sent in to continue research.

RCR training is good for four (4) years. If you have any questions, please email at the following addresses:
Human Subjects - irb@utrgv.edu
Animal Welfare - iacuc@utrgv.edu
Biohazardous Materials or rDNA - iacuc@utrgv.edu

There are no exceptions to this new requirement. Protocols will not be approved unless completion of training is submitted.

Thank you,

The Office of Research Compliance

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Meetings FY 2017

November 16, 2017 Brownsville-STDOI Conference room Edinburg-EHSRM Building
February 7, 2018 Brownsville-STDOI Conference room Edinburg-EHSRM Building
May 17, 2018 Brownsville-STDOI Conference room Edinburg-EHSRM Building
August 8, 2018 Brownsville-STDOI Conference room Edinburg-EHSRM Building

Semi-annual Inspections:
November 15, 2017 (Wednesday) Edinburg, Brownsville and South Padre Island
May 16, 2018 (Wednesday) Edinburg, Brownsville and South Padre Island


Resources

Protocol Submission

Many granting agencies do not need IACUC approval at the time of proposal submission, but are likely to require it prior to the release of the award monies. Check with your granting agency about when IACUC approval must be submitted to them. If your proposed research is contingent on grant funding, we ask that you submit an IACUC application as soon as possible.

All IACUC submissions should be submitted to the electronic system, Tick@lab, with all the appropriate documentation. The IACUC new application, renewal, or modification/amendments will be reviewed by the Committee Members. Principal Investigators are allowed to present an overview of their AUP’s (Animal Use Protocol), and answer any committee members’ questions.

Annual Continuing Reviews are completed annually for the first two years of any AUP. The AUP will expire after the third year; researchers must submit an entirely new application for AUP review and will receive a new AUP number.