Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

IACUC Guidelines

These guidelines have been written to assist faculty, staff, and students in performing vertebrate animal procedures in a humane manner and complying with pertinent regulatory requirements. Under some circumstances deviations from these procedures may be indicated but such variances must be approved in advance by the IACUC.

Guideline NumberTitleType
001Guidelines to Promote the Psychological Well-Being of Non-Human PrimatesPDF
002Guidelines for the Humane Euthanasia of Laboratory AnimalsPDF
003Guidelines for the Use of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) for Rodent EuthanasiaPDF
004Guidelines for the Use of Cervical Dislocation for Rodent EuthanasiaPDF
005Guidelines for Animal Use in Human Subject Study EnvironmentsPDF
005 AppendixIACUC Written Description for Proposed Animal Use in Human Subject Study EnvironmentsDOC
006Guidelines for Surgical and Anesthetic Procedures in Non-Rodent MammalsPDF
007Guidelines for Surgical and Anesthetic Procedures in Rodents, Birds, and Cold-Blooded VertebratesPDF
008Guidelines for Endpoint Monitoring and Humane TerminationPDF
009Guidelines for Maintenance of Tumors and Hybridomas in RodentsPDF
010Guidelines for Safe Anesthetic UsePDF
011Guidelines for the Transportation of AnimalsPDF
012Guidelines for Blood CollectionPDF
013Guidelines for Tail and Toe Clipping RodentsPDF
014Guidelines for the Use of Adjuvants in Antibody ProductionPDF
015Guidelines for Veterinary Care, Health Checks, and Illness ReportingPDF
016Guidelines for the Use of Drugs and Chemicals in Animal ResearchPDF
017Guidelines for the Social Housing and Environmental Enrichment of Laboratory Rodents and RabbitsPDF
018Guidelines for the Use of Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment in Animal ResearchPDF
019Guidelines for the Use of Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for Personnel Working with Non-Human Primates at UT-AustinPDF
020Guidelines for the Use of Chemical Depilatory Agents on Laboratory AnimalsPDF
021Guidelines for the Use of Food or Fluid RestrictionPDF
021 Appendix 1Guidelines for the Use of Fluid Regulation in Non-Human Primates (NHPs)PDF
021 Appendix 2Guidelines for Acclimation of Use of Food or Fluid Restrictions in Mice and RatsPDF
022Guidelines for Analgesia Use in RodentsPDF
023Guidelines for Sterilization of Equipment and Supplies for Sterile Procedures and SurgeryPDF
024Requirements for Operation and Maintenance of Guillotines or Other Decapitation EquipmentPDF
025Guidelines for Prolonged Restraint of Research AnimalsPDF
026Guidelines for Acclimation of Newly Acquired Research AnimalsPDF

The University of Texas at Austin Revised Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP)

Animal Resources Center (ARC) Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines

These policies, procedures, and guidelines have been written by Animal Resources Center veterinarians and staff to be used as a resource for faculty, staff, and students to provide guidance and best practices for animal users.

  • Animal Resources Center (ARC) Policies and Procedures
    • Facility Access
    • Cage Identification Requirements
    • Requirements for Housing Mice and Rats
    • Sending Animals From UT Austin to Other Institutions
    • Requirements and Approval for the Use of Private Vehicles for Animal Transport
    • Procedures for Nonstandard Feeding and Watering
    • Importing Special Rodent Strains
    • Campus Carry Exclusion Zones – Animal Care Areas

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Guidelines

These guidelines have been written by Environmental Health & Safety staff to be used as a resource for faculty, staff, and students to provide guidance and best practices for animal users.

  • Controlled Substances
    Principal Investigators (PIs) using controlled substances in their laboratory research (including research animals) are subject to extensive state and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Safety Guidelines for Field Researchers
    Fieldwork is an important part of teaching and research at The University of Texas at Austin. Since fieldwork activities take you off campus, this guide is intended to help you plan and prepare for health and safety problems you might encounter in the field.
  • Incident Reporting
    What to report: Near miss, Injury-illness (Condition or aggravation of an existing condition resulting from an event or exposure to hazards in the learning and/or work environment), Property damage, and Spills.

Occupational Health Program

The following documents were created by HealthPoint OHP to assist researchers with personnel health-related topics.

  • Lab Animal Allergy Prevention – Information Guide
    Personnel who handle or conduct research with animals may be exposed to a variety of animal products. These animal products contain proteins that may be allergenic and can trigger an allergic reaction in some personnel and may lead to the development of asthma. The development of an allergic response to animal proteins while working with laboratory animals is an occupational risk that can require medical treatment and affect future career options.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Handbook of Policies and Procedures (IACUC/HOPP)

1.0Activities that Require IACUC ApprovalInfo doc
1.1Activities Exempt from IACUC ApprovalInfo doc
1.2IACUC Oversight for the Use of Invertebrate AnimalsPolicy
1.3Use of Embryonated Eggs in Research, Teaching, or TestingPolicy

2.0Who can be a Principal Investigator (PI)?Policy
2.1Required Certifications of a PIPolicy

3.0Occupational Health Program Information and EnrollmentPolicy
3.1Training Requirements for Animal ResearchersPolicy
3.2Non-UT Personnel Working with Animals at UTPolicy

4.0Protocol Review and Notification ProceduresProcedure
4.1Working with the IACUC (coming soon!)Procedure
4.2Range of IACUC ActionsInfo doc
4.3Review of Modifications to Approved ProtocolsPolicy
4.4Veterinary Verification and Consultation and Protocol ChangesPolicy
4.5The Third-Year Resubmission: de novo ReviewPolicy
4.6Appeal of an IACUC DecisionProcedure
4.7Multiple Major Survival SurgeriesInfo doc
4.8Animal Usage and ReportingPolicy
4.9Inter-Institutional CollaborationsPolicy
4.10Administrative Changes to Animal Numbers and AllocationPolicy

5.0Post Approval Monitoring (PAM)Policy
5.1Continuing Review: The Annual ReviewPolicy
5.2Semiannual Program Review and Facility InspectionsProcedure
5.3IACUC and IO Reporting to OLAW and OthersPolicy

6.0Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns and NoncompliancePolicy
6.1Initial Evaluation and Actions of the IACUCProcedure
6.2The Complaint Assessment Subcommittee (CAS)Policy
6.3Reporting Adverse EventsPolicy

7.0IACUC ConfidentialityPolicy
7.1Maintaining IACUC RecordsProcedure
7.2Use of Electronic Mail for Official CorrespondenceProcedure
7.3Notification of Review OutcomeProcedure

8.0IACUC Approval and Grant AwardsInfo doc
8.1Grant Congruence Procedures and Confirmation of CongruenceProcedure
8.2Department of Defense Funding and IACUC ProceduresProcedure

9.0The 3 R’s in Animal ResearchInfo doc
9.1Minimization of Pain and DistressInfo doc
9.2Ethical Cost-Benefit AnalysisInfo doc

10.0Purpose and Mission Statement of UT Austin IACUCInfo doc
10.1The CommitteeProcedure
10.2Education and Training for IACUC MembersPolicy
10.3Exception to IACUC Requirements in Emergency SituationsPolicy

11.0Food Maintenance and StoragePolicy

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