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Animal Resource Center

Care and Use of Animals in Research

Researchers including faculty, staff or students, who use live vertebrate animals in research, research training, experimentation, teaching, biological testing or for other related purposes must have approval of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). No projects involving live vertebrate animals, either funded or non-funded may take place without the approval of the IACUC.

The University of Texas at Dallas complies with the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and employs trained staff to work in the University's Animal Resource Center. Safeguarding the welfare of animals in research and related activities is of prime concern to The University of Texas at Dallas and shall be a responsibility of persons at all levels, including faculty, staff and students. All such personnel will be held accountable for actions or lack thereof related to the care and use of laboratory animals in research activities. It is the policy of this University to maintain appropriate review of procedures for the humane care of laboratory animals.

No animal may be purchased, housed or used for research or related activities without the approval of the IACUC. The IACUC is charged with reviewing and approving or disapproving all research activities at UTD involving the use of animal subjects. No such projects may begin without the approval of the IACUC.

Obtaining IACUC Approval

Faculty and students wishing to use animal subjects must first obtain approval from the IACUC. A researcher must submit an animal subject protocol form to the IACUC through the Office of Research Compliance.

Once the Office of Research Compliance receives the protocol, it will be evaluated by the IACUC which may approve, disapprove, or request modifications to a protocol and related animal use activities. When reviewing an animal protocol the IACUC considers the rationale and purpose of the proposed use of animals; justification of the species and number of animals requested; availability of less-invasive procedures and other species; safety of the working environment for personnel involved in the activity; adequacy of training and experience of personnel in the procedures to be used with the animals; appropriate sedation, analgesia, anesthesia, euthanasia, and surgical procedures; and, the unnecessary duplication of experiments.

Once the review is complete the researcher will be notified in writing of the IACUC decision by the Senior Director of Research Compliance, Sanaz Okhovat. A researcher who neglects to seek appropriate approval from the IACUC will be at risk of punitive actions by the administration of the University.

Approval by the IACUC is given for a three-year period of time. Annual updates are required. If a researcher varies an element of the interaction with the animal subject from what was initially proposed and approved by the IACUC, the researcher will need to submit a revised protocol for IACUC review and approval. Training is required annually of all animal users. Certification of tetanus vaccination is also required annually.

IACUC Animal Resource Center

How to obtain access for the Animal Resource Center:

A justifiable reason is required for obtaining access into the Animal Resource Center. At least one of the following descriptions must be met in order to gain access into the facility:

A principal investigator, coinvestigator, research assistant or student listed on an IACUC approved protocol:

  • A member of the IACUC or ARC staff
  • Designated emergency personnel
  • Institutional Official for Animal Care
  • Federal, state, or local inspecting agencies

When at least one of the above descriptions has been met, follow these steps to obtain total access into the Animal Resource Center:

  • Submit proof of tetanus immunization to the Office of Research Compliance located at Administration Building Room Number AD 3.218.
  • Receive required training by contacting the Office of Research Compliance. The required training includes viewing training videos and orientation of the Animal Resource Center.
  • A facility access card will then be provided by the Office of Research of Compliance.

In order to bring a visitor in the Animal Resource Center, the following must be met:

  • The Office of Research Compliance must be notified in advance to assure availability for the sign in procedures.
    • A student's faculty sponsor must approve of the visit.
    • The visit must be for a justifiable reason.
  • The visit must be for a brief time period and the visitor must not appear as if she / he are collaborating on any animal research protocols.
    • The visitor must wear the visitor's tag at all times.

IACUC Per Diem Rates

Contact the Office of Research Compliance by phone at (972) 883-4579 or by email at sanaz.okhovat@utdallas.edu to quote per diem rates for animals.

Updated: May 18, 2012