Office of Research

Office of Research Compliance

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

What We Do

The 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.

The Committee consists of faculty members (both scientists and non-scientists), a veterinarian, and a community member that is not affiliated with the University of Texas - Pan American.  The IACUC reviews all proposals for animal research, and approvals must be obtained before the proposed research begins.  The IACUC ensures compliance with federal regulations and Public Health Service policies defined by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), using the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

I Want to…

All IACUC applications and forms must be submitted to the IACUC Chair at REIN 1.106.  Please include all supporting documentation for your research and/or request.  All applications must be signed.  If they are not signed, they will be considered incomplete and you will need to resubmit them.


    *Review Processes (see below for Protocol Submission)
    *Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
    *NIH - OLAW
    *PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals FAQs

To reduce the workload of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), 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 IACUC Chair with all the appropriate documentation.  The IACUC new application, renewal, or modification/amendments need to be submitted at least one month prior to the next scheduled IACUC meeting.  The IACUC Committee should receive the submission protocols for review at least two weeks prior to the meetings.  At the IACUC meetings, PIs are allowed to present an overview of their protocol and answer any committee members’ questions.
Annual Continuing Reviews are done the first two years of a new protocol.  For the third year renewal, a Triennial Review is completed.  For the next two years, Annual Continuing Reviews are submitted.  After six years of study, researchers must submit an entirely new application for protocol review and will receive a new IACUC protocol number.


Submit a New Application for Protocol Review

Request Approval to Continue Conducting my Study that is About to Expire

Request to Continue Approved Research Protocol Triennial Review
*Modify or Amend my Previously Approved Protocol
(See attached, IACUC Amendment_Modification)
*Submit a Health Assessment
(See attached, IACUC Form 3 Health Assessment)
*Submit a Lab Skills Sheet
(Working on the IACUC Form 4 Lab Skills Sheet-Pending)
*Submit a Project Completion Report to close my Protocol
(See attached, IACUC Project Completion Report)

Complete my Animal Care and Responsible Conduct of Research Training (CITI)

Instructions for Logging on to the CITI Training

*Log onto the Financial Conflicts of Interest Portal
Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals


PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals FAQs

Forms may be downloaded for submission to the committee.  After downloading:

    Open the form in Microsoft Word
    Click on "View"
    Click on "Edit Document."

Fill in the blanks as appropriate, save it as a new file with a name of your chosing, then print it out and submit it as a hard copy using the campus mail.  Send to:

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Office of Research
REIN 1.106 (Edinburg Campus)

(956) 665-2889

IACUC Members
    Dr. Frederic Zaidan III, IACUC Chair -