The important area of animal research involves two separate but equally important research support units at the University of North Texas Health Science: Department of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DLAM) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
Department of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DLAM)
The Department of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DLAM) is responsible for the welfare, housing, care and maintenance of animals used in biomedical and behavioral research. A team of professional veterinarians, animal caretakers, and facilities support staff provide excellent research support services for animal studies. DLAM also maintains research animal housing facilities across campus. DLAM works with committees such as IACUC and Biosafety to assure regulatory compliance. . . but is not itself the regulatory unit at this campus. See IACUC for those research regulation responsibilities. DLAM is the place where animals live and where research gets done.
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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a federally-mandated oversight body responsible for assuring that the use and care of animals is conducted in an appropriate, scientifically valid and humane manner. All research involving animals must first be approved by IACUC before animals can be obtained or delivered to DLAM for housing and procedures. IACUC members and their support staff are also responsible for ongoing monitoring of research projects, inspection of animal research activities and facilities, as well as training of research personnel. IACUC, as a committee of university and community members, is entrusted with the consideration, oversight and compliance with federal regulations in the care and use of animals in research.
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