Composition of the IACUC

Composition and Responsibilities of the IACUC

Composition of the IACUC
The IACUC is a committee composed of practicing scientists experienced in research involving animals, specialists in veterinary medicine, animal care technicians, non-scientists and lay representatives. The IACUC serves UNMC and UNO.

Responsibilities of the IACUC

  1. The IACUC has general oversight responsibility for the UNMC/UNO animal welfare program and the institution's(1) animal facilities, including satellite facilities. A review of the institution's program for humane care and use of animals and inspection of all of the institution's animal facilities, including animal use areas, is carried out twice a year.
  2. The IACUC serves as an educational training resource for the research community in all aspects of animal research and welfare.
  3. The IACUC serves in an advisory role to the administration in all matters involving animals.
  4. The IACUC has the authority to approve projects involving animals and to require modifications as needed.
  5. The IACUC has the authority to disapprove projects involving animals and to suspend projects if it determines the conduct of the projects is not in compliance with the PHS Policy, the USDA Regulations, and IACUC Guidelines.
  6. The IACUC and the UNMC/UNO veterinarians have the authority to observe, when necessary, surgical procedures and other techniques applied to animals.
  7. Where procedures have caused unacceptable pain and distress to an animal which cannot be alleviated, the UNMC/UNO veterinarians are authorized to euthanize the animal. Every attempt will be made to contact and consult with the investigator before such action is taken.
  8. The IACUC serves as a liaison between UNMC/UNO and the community for all matters involving animal research and welfare.

Activities Requiring IACUC Approval
Activities which require IACUC approval are listed below:

  1. The use of live vertebrate animals in all research and biological testing projects conducted by anyone at UNMC/UNO regardless of the source of funding.
  2. The use of live vertebrate animals in any research project conducted at another institution or elsewhere by faculty, students, staff or other representatives of UNMC/UNO in connection with their institutional responsibilities. The IACUC may accept an approval statement from any other IACUC in an institution with a PHS assurance.
  3. The use of live vertebrate animals in all teaching or research training or both conducted at UNMC/UNO.


1. "Institution" throughout this document refers to both UNMC and UNO.