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.

Facility Semi-Annual Inspections – November 2018 and May 2019
Program Review – November 2018
IACUC Meetings (TBA) – November 2018, January 2019, May 2019 and August 2019


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.