Animal Care & Use Program

Animal Care and Use Program

At The University of Texas at Austin, the study of animals is an essential part of scientists’ efforts to better understand health and disease. The knowledge gained is critical to the development of safe and effective treatments and vaccines for debilitating conditions and deadly diseases.

Laboratory animals have organs and body systems similar to humans and other animals. In many cases, they are susceptible to the same diseases that affect humans. Because of this, the data derived from research on these animals can be applied directly to humans and to other animals as well.

While not all biomedical research involves the use of animals, animals are essential in many areas. The short life span of research animals allows scientists to study them throughout the entire life cycle—and even through several generations—within a short period of time.

It is the University’s policy to ensure the care and use of animals for research, teaching and testing is done in accordance with applicable federal and state laws or regulations (HOP 7-1310). The research carried out by UT aims to advance knowledge in important biological systems, and it seeks to identify novel targets for the development of therapies and diagnostics applicable to addiction, cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, autism and many other diseases or disorders.

Read our statement on UT’s commitment to responsible use of animals in research.

Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns

UT’s policy is to provide the best possible care to ALL animals used for research, teaching and testing. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is obligated to investigate concerns regarding the care and treatment of animals used in research, teaching or testing at UT Austin.

Concerns about animal care and use should be reported to any of the following:

Attending Veterinarian
(512) 232-3487 or

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
(512) 471-8871 or

University Compliance Services    
Report anonymously online
Phone: English 877-507-7321
Español 800-216-1288

Individual(s) reporting concerns do not have to identify themselves, and the University will protect the privacy of those who report concerns to the maximum extent possible. The concerned, reporting party is protected from discrimination. The policy of the University is to prohibit unlawful retaliation against employees as a consequence of good faith actions in the reporting of, or the participation in an investigation pertaining to, allegations of wrongdoing.

Whistleblower posters should be posted in animal use areas, including satellite facilities. English and Spanish versions can be found on the IACUC Forms & Documents page.

For media inquiries, please email

Animal Care Alerts and Guideline Updates

Spring 2024: New and Revised IACUC Guidelines and Policies and ACUP Announcements

Please review the new and revised Guidelines and Policies, as well as exciting new resources from the IACUC, ARC, EHS, and OHP. Contact the IACUC office if you have any questions.

IACUC Spring 2024 Updates

Animal Care and Use Program Orientation

Animal Care and Use Program Orientation is scheduled for June 25 at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm via zoom. Contact the IACUC office to sign up or for questions.

Contact IACUC Office

PHS Animal Welfare Assurance Number:
D16-00592 (A4107-01)

AAALAC Accredited Since October 29, 2001 

USDA Class R Research Facility
Customer ID: 1453
Certificate: 74-R-0029