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Undergraduate Research Panel


Animal Subjects

If you have questions please call Regulatory Services at 817-272-2105 or email us

  1. Regulatory Requirements:

    The use of animals in research and teaching is a privilege carrying with it unique professional and moral obligations to ensure that animals are treated humanely and in accordance with the policies of UT Arlington, the regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, and other laws and policies of the federal government and other agencies. Every person using animals, whether investigator, technician, student, or instructor, must be aware of and abide by their attendant obligations to assure that animals utilized by the University’s programs are used in a humane manner. 

    Federal regulations include the USDA’s Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations.  Additionally, as a condition of receiving federal funds, the University must also comply with the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Facilities receiving funds from the Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health are obligated to follow the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

  2. Definitions:

    Animal Welfare Assurance
     – A document an institution and all performance sites involving animals in research must have on file with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare before a PHS Agency may award a grant or contract.

    Animals in Research - Any live, vertebrate animal used for research, research training, biological testing, or related purposes. See PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals for information and links to legislation and the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare Animal Welfare Regulations tutorial.

    APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) - A division of United States Department of Agriculture; provides leadership for determining standards of humane care and treatment of animals. APHIS implements those standards and achieves compliance through inspection, education, and cooperative efforts.

    Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Federal Executive Department of which the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) is a component and the NIH is an agency of the PHS. Go to HHS.

    Field Study - Field study means a study conducted on free-living wild animals in their natural habitat. However, this term excludes any study that involves an invasive procedure, harms, or materially alters the behavior of an animal under study.  See Field Research Training Presentation for more information.

    Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) - Established at institutions in accordance with the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals with broad responsibilities to oversee and evaluate the institutions' animal programs, procedures, and facilities. IACUC review and approval is required for all activities involving live vertebrate animals.

    National Institutes of Health (NIH) - A Federal agency whose mission is to improve the health of the people of the United States. NIH is a part of the Public Health Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Go to NIH.

    Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) - NIH office overseeing compliance with the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Go to OLAW and PHS Policy Tutorial.

    Principal Investigator - An employee of a research facility, or other person associated with a research facility, responsible for a proposal to conduct research and for the design and implementation of research involving animals.

    USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) - Provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.

  3. Applicability:

    All animal subjects research, regardless of funding, must be reviewed by the UT Arlington Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) prior to initiation of the experiment or purchasing of animals.

    Researchers including faculty, staff, or students who use live vertebrate animals in research, training, experimentation, teaching, displays, biological testing, or for other related purposes must have approval of the IACUC.  Field studies involving any sort of animal confinement or capture, invasive procedures, or alteration of the animals’ environment or behavior are also regulated and must comply with the regulations and standards.  The IACUC must be notified of collaborations with other institutions involving UT Arlington faculty, staff, and students.

  4. Application Process and Review Timeline:

    Faculty, staff and students wishing to use animal subjects must first obtain approval from the IACUC. The first step in the process is for a researcher is to submit an animal subject protocol form to the IACUC through the Office of Research Administration:

    Research Administration
    Mail: Box 19188
    Fax: 817-272-1111
    Drop Off: Center for Innovation Building
    202 E. Border (intersection of Border St. and Mesquite St.)
    Suite 201 (first door on right as you enter building)

    Student researchers must have a faculty sponsor, listed as the Principal Investigator of the project.  The protocol application will be scheduled to be reviewed and discussed at the next full board IACUC meeting. When reviewing an animal protocol, the IACUC considers the rationale and purpose of the proposed use of animals; justification of the species and number of animals requested; availability of less-invasive procedures and other species; safety of the working environment for personnel involved in the activity; adequacy of training and experience of personnel in the procedures to be used with the animals; appropriate sedation, analgesia, anesthesia, euthanasia, and surgical procedures; and, the unnecessary duplication of experiments.

    The Principal Investigator or a representative of the research is strongly encouraged to attend the meeting to answer any questions or concerns of the IACUC.  Once the review is complete, the researcher will be notified in writing of the IACUC decision and/or requested revisions.

  5. Training

    Animal welfare regulations require that personnel working with animals are qualified through appropriate training involving the proper handling and care of animals and the regulatory requirements of animal research.

    Online Training

    • Description: These online training modules are designed to provide an understanding of animal research regulations and proper care and handling of animals in a research setting.
    • Link:
    • Log-In Instructions: The username is "uta" and the password is "animals.”
    • Required Modules:
      • The Base Module (The Humane Care & Use of Laboratory Animals)
      • The Safety Module (Occupational Health & Safety)
      • The Species Module (one or more of the species-specific modules pertaining to your research)
    • Modules Required for Specific Procedures:
      • Techniques Modules (Aseptic Surgery of Rodents, Anesthesia and Analgesia of Rodents) - required if you will be performing surgery

    Hands on Training

    • Description: This training is provided by UT Arlington's Animal Care Technician, Alphas Wicker, and is designed to acclimate the individual to the handling of animals and provide training on proper techniques.
    • Instructions: To schedule an appointment for Hands-On Training, contact Alphas Wicker at 817-272-5236 or
    • Techniques and items covered:
      • Animal facility tour
      • Supplies
      • First aid
      • Policies and SOPs, i.e. needle stick policy, occupational safety, etc.
      • Acclimitation to animal handling
      • Animal restraint methods
      • Injections
      • Gavaging
      • Blood draw
  6. Responsibilities Following Animal Research Approval:

    • Annual Review of Animal Research: Approved animal research is required to be reviewed annually by the IACUC.  At least one week in advance of the anniversary of the protocol’s original approval date, the principal investigator must submit a protocol Annual Report (for example, the original approval date is January 17, so the annual report is due January 10 the following year).  Once the review is complete, the researcher will be notified in writing of the IACUC decision and/or requested information.

    • Amending an Animal Research Protocol:  Prior to initiating any change to an IACUC-approved protocol, the change must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC via submission of an Amendment Form.  Changes requiring IACUC approval include: personnel, number of animals, animal procedures, funding source, project title, etc.  Once the review is complete, the researcher will be notified in writing of the IACUC decision and/or requested information.

    • Final Report Requirements for an Animal Research Protocol: At completion of the animal research project, the protocol must be closed via submission of a Final Report (in Section A, indicate when the research completed).

    • Requirements for Obtaining Access to the Animal Care Facility (ACF):

    • Reporting an Accident/Injury:  After seeking medical attention (if necessary), accidents and injuries should be reported immediately to Environmental Health & Safety (817-272-2185), the ACF Animal Care Technician (817-272-5236), and the individual’s lab/faculty supervisor.  Emergency contact lists are posted throughout the ACF.

    • Reporting Concerns of Animal Health or Welfare: Concerns regarding animal health or welfare should be reported immediately to the ACF Animal Care Technician (817-272-5236), the IACUC Chair (817-272-1302 or, the Attending Veterinarian (817-735-2000), or the Office of Research Administration (817-272-2105 or  Emergency contact lists are posted throughout the ACF.