Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

All animal research conducted at, by, or under the auspices of the University of Mississippi, whether funded or not and whether conducted by administrators, faculty, staff, or students, must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) before the research begins. The IACUC serves to assure the humane care and use of animals for instructional, demonstration, or research purposes.

The IACUC, appointed by the Chancellor, is responsible for institutional compliance with the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals mandated by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, the Animal Welfare Act of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and all other applicable state and federal laws and regulations.

The University of Mississippi’s Animal Welfare Assurance (#D16-00232) is the compliance contract between the University and these federal oversight agencies.  The University of Mississippi animal care and use program is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).  Most recent accreditation date is as of November 25, 2015.

Before engaging in any activity involving live vertebrate animals, everyone must meet all training and occupational health requirements.

For additional information or assistance, please contact the IACUC Research Compliance Specialist in the Division of Research Integrity and Compliance (662-915-7482 or ).