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 Rio Grande Valley.  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.

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All IACUC applications and forms must be submitted to the Research Compliance Office- IACUC via email at  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.


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

Protocol Submission

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 Research Compliance Office - IACUC via email at 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.


Contact Us

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
BRHP 2.210 A (Brownsville Campus)
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
One West University Blvd.
Brownsville, Texas  78520

Phone:  (956) 882-7731

IACUC Members

    Dr. Masoud Zarei, IACUC Chair
    Dr. Christopher Vitek, IACUC Vice Chair
    Dr. Thomas De Maar, Attending Veterinarian
    Dr. Michael Mahaney, IACUC Member
    Dr. Christopher Keller, IACUC Member
    Mr. Christian Hall, IACUC Community Member
    Ms. Cordelia Rasa, Ex-Officio IACUC Member