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Animals in Research

Numerous researchers across the HSC use animals as an integral part of their research.  "Use of animals" involves any circumstance in which the "typical lifestyle and movements"* of vertebrate animals are altered from that which is generally experienced in nature.  Any research or teaching that is performed with vertebrate animals is subject to numerous regulations and review processes to ensure the health and safety of all involved. 

*from the TAMU Animals in Research and Teaching webpage.

IACUC

The HSC's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a standing committee that oversees animal use and care in research performed throughout the HSC.  The charge of the IACUC is to assure the humane use and care of animals utilized in biomedical and behavioral research, teaching, and testing.  Every effort is made to follow all federal, state, and local laws and regulations that govern the care and use of animals in these matters. 

For specific guidance related to care and use, please consult our resources regarding using animals in research.

Location-specific Information

Information Bryan/College Station Dallas Houston/Kingsville Temple
Program Authority Animal research performed by Texas A&M University and Texas A&M Health Science Center researchers in Bryan/College Station is under the authority of the Texas A&M University Animal Welfare Assurance Program. Animal research performed on the Dallas campus is under the authority of the Texas A&M Health Science Center Vice President for Research. Animal research performed on the Houston/Kingsville campus is under the authority of the Texas A&M Health Science Center Vice President for Research Animal research performed on the Temple campus is under the authority of the Baylor Scott & White Animal Program.
How to File for Approval Filing of protocols (AUPs) is through the online system iRIS. Filing of protocols (AUPs) is through the online system iRIS. Filing of protocols (AUPs) is through the online system iRIS. Filing of protocols (AUPs) is through the S&W iRIS system.
IACUC Office Contact Information For questions regarding the Animal Use Protocol Process or filing of applications, please contact the Animal Welfare Assurance Program at TAMU. For questions regarding the Animal Use Protocol Process or filing of applications, please contact Melissa Kahl-McDonagh, Director of Research Compliance at  979.436.0591; email kahl-mcdonagh@tamhsc.edu or researchcompliance@tamhsc.edu. For questions regarding the Animal Use Protocol Process or filing of applications, please contact Melissa Kahl-McDonagh, Director of Research Compliance at  979.436.0591; email kahl-mcdonagh@tamhsc.edu or researchcompliance@tamhsc.edu. For questions regarding the Animal Use Protocol Process or filing of applications, please contact nconwayjames@sw.org.
IACUC The Texas A&M Division of Research supports the Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) on the Bryan/College Station Campus. See IACUC decisions. The Texas A&M Health Science Center supports the Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) on the Dallas Campus. Email kahl-mcdonagh@tamhsc.edu for approved IACUC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Dallas. The Texas A&M Health Science Center supports the Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) on the Houston and Kingsville Campus. Email kahl-mcdonagh@tamhsc.edu for approved IACUC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Houston/Kingsville. Information regarding the Baylor Scott & White IACUC Guidelines and Procedures should be directed to  nconwayjames@sw.org.
Training See Research Compliance and Biosafety Training. See CITI training instructions for Dallas. See CITI training instructions for Houson/Kingsville. Information regarding the Baylor Scott & White  IACUC Training requirements should be directed to  nconwayjames@sw.org.
Occupational Health Texas A&M Health Science Center Investigators participate in the Texas A&M Health Science Center Occupational Health Program. Texas A&M Health Science Center Investigators participate in the Texas A&M Health Science Center Occupational Health Program. Texas A&M Health Science Center Investigators participate in the Texas A&M Health Science Center Occupational Health Program. Texas A&M Health Science Center Investigators participate in the Texas A&M Health Science Center Occupational Health Program.
Last edited by: werchan 12/15/2014


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