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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

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The university regards the use of animals in research and teaching to be an  essential component for continued progress in the field of science and is committed  to the highest ethical standard of animal care. Federal regulations mandate  the establishment of an institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC)  to provide guidance, to oversee the animal care and use program, and to ensure  compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies.

In 1966 Public Law 89-544 first established standards for the care and use  of research animals. Two federal agencies, the United States Department of  Agriculture and the Public Health Service, require institutions using animals  to appoint an IACUC and charge the IACUC with specific responsibilities. Committee  members include scientists, non-scientists, and unaffiliated residents of the  community. IACUC members review all requests for approval to use vertebrate  animals. The IACUC also conducts inspections of all areas where animals are  housed and used, reviews the institutional program for animal use, and reports  its findings to the certifying agencies semi-annually.

The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) governs the interpretation of the Public Health Service (PHS) policy on humane care and use of laboratory animals, supports educational programs, and monitors compliance with the Policy by assured institutions to ensure the humane care and use of animals in PHS-supported research. The UTC animal research facility has earned and maintains OLAW assurance certification, indicating compliance with PHS policies. The UTC assurance number is A4450-01.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Bylaws

For additional information on submission procedures, review status, and other general inquiries, please contact, or (423) 425-4443.