Animal Care and Use Program - IACUC

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)

(Animal Welfare Assurance #D18-01044)

The University of Texas of Permian Basin's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) consists of four active components. The cooperative interaction of these components is what collectively constitutes our Institution's program of animal care and use.

For current information on these topics, please refer to the UTPB General Academic and Research Policies.

Contact Information

The University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) is committed to performing animal-facilitated research in a humane and compliant manner. The UTPB Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has a mandate to evaluate concerns regarding the care and use of animals at this institution. Concerns may be raised by staff, students, or faculty of the institution; individuals in the community; or even members of the IACUC. 

If you have questions or concerns about animal care and use at UTPB, please call one of the individuals listed below. If you prefer, you are not required to give your name. The Animal Welfare Act prohibits discrimination against, or reprisal for, reporting violations of regulations or standards.

Dr. John Garza
IACUC Chair & Coordinator
(432) 552-2244 

Laboratories Director
(432) 552-2278

University Health and Safety
(432) 552-2490 

University Compliance Help Line
1-833-429-0006 (English Speaking); 1-800-216-1288 (Spanish Speaking);
You may also submit anonymous reports over the internet to a neutral, anonymous website:


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is currently comprised of nine members-four faculty professional, the attending veterinarian, one Student Senate Representative, two ex-officio members, and the chair. The purpose of the IACUC is to assure that UTPB researchers care for and use animals in ways judged to be scientifically, technically, and humanely appropriate.

The committee provides research oversight and evaluation of the institution's animal care and use program and facilities by ensuring compliance with federal regulations related to the proper care, use, and humane treatment of animals used in research, testing and education. The IACUC also provides assistance to investigators in fulfilling their obligation to plan and conduct animal research in accordance with the highest scientific and ethical principles.

The responsibilities of the committee include the review, at least once every six months, of the institutions animal care program including a physical inspection of the facilities in accordance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals; preparation of reports on the IACUC evaluations for the Institutional Official; review of all concerns involving the care and use of animals at The University; make recommendations to the Institutional Official regarding any aspect of the animal care program; and review, approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), withhold approval, or suspend activities involving the use of live vertebrate animals in all research, training, and biological testing.

The responsibilities of the IACUC are mandated by the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals; United States Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research and Training; and Code of Federal Regulations, 1989, Title 9, Parts 1, 2, and 3 (Animal Welfare Final Rules).