Semiannual IACUC Inspections
In order to comply with the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act Regulations (AWR’s) in §2.31(c)(2) and the PHS Policy in IV.B.2., the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee conducts inspections of all UNTHSC animal facilities every 5 months to evaluate compliance with current federal, state, and local regulations and IACUC policies.
An investigator’s laboratory may be used as a study area or survival surgery area provided such use is approved and certified by the IACUC. IACUC certification of these areas is valid for a 6-month period after the date of inspection and must be renewed every six months if a laboratory remains in an active status. Continued certification is contingent upon the maintenance of acceptable standards in the animal facility.
Definition: Any investigator-managed building, room, area, enclosure, or other containment site in which animals are housed for periods longer than 12 hours.
- Guidelines for Maintaining Animals in Study Areas
- Sample Study Area Housing Log
- Standard Operating Procedures Outline
Survival Surgery Areas
Definition: Any investigator-managed building, room, or area where survival surgeries are performed on animals.
- Guidelines for Rodent Surgery
- Road to Aspetic Survival Surgery in Mice & Rats
- Policy on Expired Medical Materials
- Guidelines for Storage of Controlled Substances / Controlled Substance Log
- Use of Non-Pharmaceutical-grade Compounds
- Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Surgery, pp.115-120; Facilities for Aspetic Surgery, pp. 144-145.
IACUC Post Approval Audits
A continuing program to audit approved animal use protocols is an essential component of a comprehensive Animal Care and Use program. Such a program provides an excellent method of ensuring institutional regulatory compliance by allowing a more thorough inspection of individual labs and animal related procedures. Post approval monitoring also gives the investigator the opportunity to discuss concerns and/or changes needed in active protocols.