Every institution in the United States that conducts research on vertebrate animals is required to have an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The goal of the IACUC is "to ensure the humane care and use of animals used in research, and compliance with guidelines and regulations, while maintaining flexibility to best meet the unique needs of the institution and individual researchers" (OLAW Guidebook, 2002). The UTPA IACUC consists of faculty members (both scientists and non-scientists), a veterinarian, and a community member that is not affiliated with the University. The IACUC reviews all proposals for animal research and approval must be obtained before the proposed research begins.
IACUC Training and Proposal Information:
Committee Chair: Dr. Frederic Zaidan III