Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Contact Information: or (662) 915-5062

All animal research, teaching, and testing 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 activity begins. The IACUC serves to assure the humane care and use of animals for instructional, demonstration, or research purposes.

The IACUC, appointed by the Institutional Official (the Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs), 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).  Our most recent triennial accreditation was issued in October 2021.

Guidelines for Submission

  • Always check our website for updated forms prior to submission. The IACUC office may request that materials be resubmitted on correct forms if projects are submitted on outdated forms.
  • Before engaging in any animal related activities, all personnel must complete required training and Occupational Health and Safety enrollment.
  • Submissions are process by the IACUC office on a continous basis (see flowchart). Not all submissions will require review by the Full Committee at a convenced meeting, however activites categorezed in Pain and Distress Categorie E will always require Full Committee Review.
  • All materials for submissions that require Full Committee Review must be submitted by 5pm 3 weeks in advance of meetings (see schedule below). Deadlines will be strictly observed. Late or incomplete submissions will be placed on the next monthly meeting's agenda.
  • IACUC staff conduct a preliminary review and invariably request protocol modifications. Modifications must be completed by the Wednesday that precedes the Full Committee Meeting or the protocol WILL NOT be placed on the meeting agenda.

IACUC meets at 11:30 am. on:

Meeting Date:

Application Due Date: 3 Weeks Before Meeting Date

November 15, 2023 November 1, 2023
*December TBD, 2023 *TBD, 2023
January 17, 2024 December 27, 2023
February 21, 2024 January 31, 2024
March 20, 2024 February 28, 2024
April 17, 2024 March 27, 2024
May 15, 2024 April 24, 2024
June 19, 2024 May 29, 2024
July 17, 2024 June 26, 2024
August 21, 2024 July 31, 2024
September 18, 2024 August 28, 2024
October 16, 2024 September 25, 2024
November 20, 2024 October 30, 2024
*December TBD, 2024 *TBD, 2024
*December meetings are not regularly scheduled. December meetings are considered special meetings and are only held if a quorum of the IACUC Full Committee can be guaranteed.