Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

What is the IACUC?

This is the office at UAB that is responsible for overseeing all aspects of animal care and use in accordance with federal regulatory agencies and accrediting organization requirements.

Why is there an IACUC at UAB?

UAB is committed to the highest standards of science achieved through:

  • Proper animal model selection and use,
  • Reduction in research variables due to disease and other causes, and
  • Compliance with humane principles and legal requirements.

What does the IACUC do?

  • Reviews and considers for approval proposed animal use.
  • Reviews animal care facilities and program.
  • Ensures personnel training and safety.
  • Makes recommendations regarding programs and facilities.
  • Reviews concerns about animal care and use.
  • Suspends non-compliant animal care and use activities.

How is “animal” defined?

  • UAB defines “animal” as any traditional laboratory animal (i.e., mouse, rat, rabbit, etc.), farm animal, wildlife, aquatic animal and some invertebrate species.

When should I contact the IACUC?

  • BEFORE any “exposure” to research animals.
  • BEFORE entering any animal facility.

What do I need to do before working with animals at UAB?

  • Schedule training (training requirements posted at www.uab.edu/iacuc) with the IACUC office or provide evidence of appropriate prior training.
  • Be listed on an approved protocol (existing or new).
  • Apply for access to the appropriate animal facilities.
  • Participate in the UAB Occupational Health Program, including an initial health screening for personnel exposed to research animals.
  • Understand the protocol and your responsibilities.

Why do I need animal training?

Training is essential for

  • the health and well being of your animals,
  • the successful outcome of your research,
  • your own safety, and
  • regulatory compliance.

What do graduate students who are conducting thesis or dissertation research that involves animals need to know about IACUC?

  • IACUC approval for your project is required prior to admission to candidacy.
  • A copy of the IACUC approval letter for your project is required in your thesis/dissertation.
  • Publication in scientific journals may be contingent upon evidence of IACUC approval.

How do I contact the IACUC?