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Institutional Animal Care and Use

TCU maintains an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (“IACUC”) to oversee the university’s animal programs, facilities and procedures ensuring the appropriate care, use, and humane treatments of animals being used for research, testing and education. The IACUC serves as a resource to faculty, investigators, technicians, students, staff, and administrators, providing guidance in fulfilling the obligation to plan and conduct all animal use procedures with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.

The TCU IACUC reviews all projects involving animals to ensure that they are justified by their benefits and minimize any animal pain or suffering that might occur.

All of the following kinds of activities involving animals must be reviewed by the IACUC before they may be conducted:

  • Activities conducted by TCU faculty, staff, or students
  • Activities performed on the TCU campus
  • Activities performed with or involving the use of facilities or equipment belonging to TCU
  • Activities satisfying a requirement imposed by the University for a degree program or completion of a course of study
  • Activities certified by a dean or department head to satisfy an obligation of a faculty appointment at TCU, including adjunct appointments

TCU holds a Public Health Service (“PHS”) Animal Welfare Assurance with the National Institutes of Health, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (File No. D16-00329 (A3542-01)) and is registered as a research facility with the United States Department of Agriculture (Certificate No. 74-R-0046).

See the IACUC Policies, Procedures and Forms for information about protocol review and approval.

For questions, contact the IACUC at

Scheduled Meetings

The TCU IACUC meets the second Thursday of every month during the regular academic year, unless there is a cancellation, university holiday or closing.  Protocols should be submitted in accordance with applicable law and current TCU policy. Submission deadline for protocols to be considered at a particular meeting is seven (7) business days (not counting weekends and holidays) before the meeting.

IACUC Members

Name Dept Year
Gary Boehm, Chairperson (PSYC) (2021)
Dean Williams, Chairperson Elect (BIOL) (2022)
Lorrie Branson, Past Chairperson (Office of Research) (2018)
Brent Cooper (PSYC) (2021)
Amanda Hale (BIOL) (2021)
Sarah Quebec Fuentes (EDUC) (2018)
Chris Watts (COSD) (2020)
Robin Wright (MOLA) (2019)
Lloyd T. Phinney Jr., ex officio (ATTENDING VETERINARIAN)
Bo Soderbergh Non-TCU-affiliated member
Teresa Hendrix, liaison (SPONSORED PROGRAMS)
Tim Barth, Administrative Oversight Interim Associate Provost for Research


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Zoonotic diseases

Everyone working with animals needs to be aware of the potential for transmission of zoonotic diseases.  A selection of animal safety sheets with lists of zoonotic diseases carried by those species is available on the Stanford University website.