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.

Meeting dates:

01/21/20 IACUC Meeting

05/05/20 Semi-Annual Inspection

05/06/20 IACUC Meeting

08/19/20 IACUC Meeting

IACUC Protocols with an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) component should have approval from the IBC prior to submission to the IACUC.  IBC protocols must be submitted three weeks prior to the meeting dates and inquiries directed to

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.


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 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.

For Emergencies contact Campus Police at (956) 882-4911.

To Report any Suspected Violations of law, policy or regulations please contact the Compliance Hotline at:  (877) 882-3999