Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
The Thiel College Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for the oversight, evaluation and assurance of compliance of Thiel College’s animal care and use program. The IACUC ensures it is consistent with all applicable federal requirements.
In accordance with federal guidelines (PHS Policy IV.A. 3. a., b.), the IACUC is composed of:
- One Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with training or experience in laboratory animal science and medicine who has direct or delegated program authority and responsibility for activities involving animals at the institution.
- One practicing scientist experienced in research involving animals.
- One member whose primary concerns are in a nonscientific area (for example, ethicist, lawyer, clergy).
- One member not affiliated in any way with the institution and not a member of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with the institution.
- One public member, who is not a laboratory animal user, to represent general community interests in proper care and use of animals.
The federally mandated functions of the IACUC include (PHS Policy. IV.B.1-8):
- Review, at least once every six months, the research facility’s program for the humane care and use of animals, using the Guide as a basis for evaluation.
- Inspect, at least once every six months, all of the institution’s animal facilities (including satellite facilities) using the Guide as a basis for evaluation.
- Prepare Semiannual Program and Facility Inspection reports of the IACUC evaluations and submit the reports to the Institutional Official (IO).
- Review concerns involving the care and use of animals at the institution.
- Make recommendations to the IO regarding any aspect of the animal program, facilities or personnel training.
- Review and approve, require modifications in, or withhold approval of those components of PHS-conducted or supported animal care and use activities.
- Review and approve, require modifications in, or withhold approval of proposed significant changes regarding the use of animals in ongoing activities.
- Be authorized to suspend an activity involving animals in accordance with specifications in IV.C.6 of PHS Policy (i.e., an activity that is not being conducted in accordance with applicable provision of the AWA, the Guide, the institution’s Assurance, or PHS Policy.)
Important Forms for Researchers:
Additional IACUC Resources from the USDA Animal Welfare information Center. (Link leaves Thiel College website)