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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

IACUC Mission Statement

Tarleton State University's (TSU's) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees all aspects of TSU animal care and use programs for teaching and research. The IACUC reviews all animal use protocols, ensures compliance with federal regulations, inspects animal facilities and laboratories, and oversees training and educational programs. The IACUC serves as a resource to faculty, investigators, technicians, students, staff, and administrators and provides guidance for all animal use procedures with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.

The IACUC is composed of a chair, a veterinarian, research scientists, non-scientists, and community representatives.

The IACUC makes semiannual inspections of all facilities, laboratories, and farms where animals are housed or utilized.

The IACUC is scheduled to meet monthly and reviews all properly submitted proposals at that time.

Federally Mandated IACUC Functions

  1. Review, at least once every six months, TSU's program for humane care and use of animals, using the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals as a basis for evaluation.
  2. Inspect, at least once every six months, all of the animal facilities, including animal study areas/satellite facilities, using United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regulations and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, as a basis for evaluation.
  3. Prepare reports of IACUC evaluations and submit the reports to the Institutional Official.
  4. Review and investigate legitimate concerns involving the care and use of animals at the research facility resulting from public complaints and from reports of non-compliance received from facility personnel or employees.
  5. Make recommendations to the Institutional Official regarding any aspect of the research facility's animal program, facilities, or personnel training.
  6. Review and approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or withhold approval of those components of proposed activities related to the care and use of animals.
  7. Review and approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or withhold approval of proposed significant changes regarding the care and use of animals in ongoing activities.
  8. Suspend an activity involving animals when necessary; take corrective action and report to the funding agency, USDA, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), and the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).

Animal Use Protocol Application

Use the links to apply for a TSU Animal Use Protocol (AUP). All care and use of animals related to TSU functions or activities requires prior acquisition of an IACUC-approved AUP. The links contain the proper forms, instructions, and information to acquire an IACUC-approved AUP.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

  • Chairman: John V. Zisk, DVM, Assistant Professor and Director - Veterinary Technology
  • Barry Lambert, PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Dean - College of Graduate Studies - Animal Nutritionist
  • James Pierce, PhD, Professor and Dean of College of Science and Technology
  • Max Sanderford, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences - Physiologist
  • Brent Graves, (Community Representative) United Country Inc., Stephenville, Texas
  • Ex Officio: Dr. Bert Little, Associate Vice President for Research - Geneticist

Updated Sept. 19, 2013