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About the IACUC

The leadership of the University of Houston cares deeply about research animals and takes pride in not only meeting the federal standards, but exceeding the federal standards for animal care. The University of Houston is also proud of the contributions to biomedical science and medicine that have been made while using only as many animals as reasonably necessary, ensuring that any pain or distress animals experience is minimized, and ensuring that alternatives to live animals are utilized wherever possible.

The University of Houston main campus:

  • Maintains an active assurance (A-3136-01) on file with the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)
  • Is registered as a research facility with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the Animal Welfare Act
  • Has been accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) since 1986.

On-site inspections and reporting requirements associated with these agencies, as well as continuous educational opportunities for all parties involved in animal care and use, help to ensure continuous compliance and the highest quality ethics in animal research.

Our IACUC team is here to assist you. Please do not hesitate to contact us:

  • Summer Boyd, IACUC Coordinator    
  • Dr. Thomas Todd, IACUC Veterinarian   
  • Dr. Laura Gutierrez, Interim Executive Director, RIO