Research, Commercialization and Outreach

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

What's New:

The TAMUCC IACUC has reviewed and approved research conducted on invertebrates for many reasons, including potential hurricane issues, researching non-native species, etc. Currently, the procedures are written in a way and the forms are composed in a way that invertebrate research and vertebrate research are reviewed utilizing similar procedures, and concerns related to the above issues can be addressed without committee review and approval. Therefore, the following changes are being made to invertebrate research procedures. 
  1. Formal Approval for invertebrate research is no longer needed. However, the concerns regarding hurricane preparedness would still be addressed by the following.
  2. PIs need to submit a one-page form ONLY when invertebrate research is being conducted ON CAMPUS. The form will ask for information related to:

a. Where the invertebrates are housed

b. Whether the invertebrates are native species

c. Plan for hurricane/disaster evacuation

d. Special instructions for invertebrates if researcher is not on campus during hurricane/disaster

e. Emergency contact information

  1. PIs need to update these records when the status of invertebrate research changes

The program changes impact invertebrate research in the following ways:

  1. The IACUC will no longer review invertebrate protocols because formal approval is not needed. I will keep the information forms provided by researchers and will provide copies to appropriate TAMUCC departments for hurricane planning.
  2. Sponsored research account release is not contingent upon approval of an IACUC protocol for invertebrate studies.
  3. Invertebrate research studies are no longer addressed at the sponsored research proposal stage.

These revised procedures will not only provide information for hurricane preparedness. The IACUC is looking at ways in which the committee/university can offer assistance to researchers in the event of a campus evacuation. Providing assistance is a longer term issue, and I will send updates as the IACUC works to address the assistance to researchers.

Purpose or Function: The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), as an agent for the University's obligations for humane care and use of animals, shall:
  • Assure all activities involving animals meet the ethical and legal requirements for the humane care and use of animals.
  • Maintain and promote an open and cooperative relationship with investigators, faculty and the greater University community.
  • Educate the University community concerning the ethical and regulatory considerations for the humane care of animals.
  • Review, at least every six (6) months, the University's program and all animal facilities using USDA Regulations/Guide as a basis.
  • Meet all federal requirements as defined in the Animal Welfare Act, the Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care & Use of Laboratory Animals and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

Membership: Members are appointed by the Vice President for the Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach in consultation with the Chair of the Committee on Committees, Faculty Senate for staggered four-year terms.

Membership must include a veterinarian, a community representative, a non-scientific representative from the University, and two scientific members from the University representing the wide diversity of activities utilizing animals on campus.

Chair: Elected for a two-year term by the Committee

Responsible University Official: Vice President for the Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach

Name Reason for Membership
Posey, Doug Veterinarian
Prevratil, Debbie Community Member
Jose, Philip Laboratory Coordinator
Sparks, Jean Scientific representative from the University
Mozzachiodi, Riccardo (Chair) Scientific representative from the University
Fahlman, Andreas Scientific representative from the University
Omoruyi, Felix (Vice Chair) Scientific representative from the University
Anderson, Jennifer Non-scientific representative from the University (Library)


Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recognizes the scientific and ethical responsibility for the humane care and use of animals [for a definition of "animal" see ( NIH, PHS and USDA policy )] involved in research and education and enjoins all individuals involved to the highest standards of care and consideration.


For more information contact Caroline Lutz, Research Compliance and Export Control Officer at or 361-825-2497.