Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews all projects involving live vertebrate animals to ensure that they are justified by their benefits and minimize any animal pain or suffering that might occur. This includes research teaching and display of St. Mary’s University-owned animals.

The IACUC regularly inspects all projects using animals and all projects housing animals. The IACUC provides for and disseminates information on the care, health and well-being of animals at the University.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) comprises University faculty, a veterinarian, scientists from outside the University, and the local community.

Scope of IACUC Review

The following kinds of activities involving live vertebrate animals must be reviewed by the IACUC before they may be conducted:

  • Activities conducted by University faculty, staff, or students;
  • Activities performed on the premises of St. Mary’s University
  • Activities performed with or involving the use of facilities or equipment belonging to the University;
  • Activities satisfying a requirement imposed by the University for a degree program or completion of a course of study; and/or
  • Activities certified by a dean or department head to satisfy an obligation of a faculty appointment at the University, including clinical or adjunct appointments.

Please direct concerns about the care and use of vertebrate animals at the University IACUC chairperson.

Marshall D. McCue, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Moody Life Sciences Center, Room 213