Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) regards the use of animals in research and teaching to be an integral component of continued progress in science and education.

TAMU-CC is committed to ensuring all its animal facilities and programs maintain the highest standards of animal care and use, and are operated in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines. The Health Research Extension Act (HREA) of 1985 and the Animal Welfare Act of 1966 mandate the existence of IACUCs.

The TAMU-CC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) provides oversight and institutional reviews of research activities involving live vertebrates.

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Our Purpose

TAMU-CC is committed to the protection of the rights and welfare of regulated animals utilized in research and education.

The Office of Research Compliance supports the mission of the IACUC by:

  • Creating an atmosphere of respect for, and awareness of, the requirements to conduct research involving animals;
  • Supporting the TAMU-CC IACUC in the review of research and teaching activities; 
  • Facilitating compliance of researchers with regulations and PHS Guidelines; 
  • Continuing to inform established researchers about the application of federal regulations and guidelines to their area of research to ensure researchers are current with evolving standards.

TAMU-CC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for the review and approval of research and teaching activities involving live vertebrates under its auspices. The IACUC is charged with:

  • Reviewing and approving, offering modifications to (to secure approval), or withholding approval of those components of proposed activities related to the care and use of animals;
  • Reviewing and approving, offering modifications to (to secure approval), or withholding approval of significant, proposed changes regarding the use of animals in ongoing activities;
  • Performing semi-annual inspections;
  • Reviewing the institution’s program for humane care and use of animals;
  • Reviewing and investigating concerns involving the care and use of animals at the research facility resulting from inspections, program reviews, reviews of IACUC protocols or public complaints received;
  • Making recommendations to the Institutional Official regarding any aspect of the research facility’s animal program, facilities, or personnel training; and
  • Suspending any activity involving animals that it previously approved, if it determines that the activity is not being conducted in accordance with the description of that activity provided by the principal investigator and approved by the IACUC.