Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
The UPR-RRP-IACUC oversees the Program of Animal Care and Use in our Institution. Our committee was constituted to comply with the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the Public Health Service (PHS). We recommend all researchers, students and personnel working with animals in a previously approved protocol or planning to do so in the future, to familiarize themselves with all the topics in this web page and to explore the Useful Links section to learn more about this topic. If you have any doubt or any concern regarding the care and use of animals in our Institution please contact us at IACUC.
Institutions that receive support from the Public Health Service (PHS) for activities involving live, vertebrate animals are subjected to the authority of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and must operate an animal care and use program with clear lines of authority and responsibility. The program must include:
- A properly constituted Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC);
- Procedures for self-monitoring;
- An adequate veterinary care program;
- An occupational health and safety program;
- An environmental, housing, and management program for animals; and
- Appropriately maintained facilities for housing and support.
The PHS policy requires an institutional Animal Welfare Assurance that provides details on the institutional program in order to award funds. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires that animal research facilities be registered with the agency. The University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, is currently registered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under registration number 94-R-0103, as required by AWA. This registration is renewed every three years. Our campus also has an Animal Welfare Assurance #D16-00165 with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), as required by the PHS policy. This assurance is renewed every four years.
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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Decanato de Estudios Graduados e Investigación (DEGI)
Edif. Hogar Masónico
Ave. Ponce de León
Universidad de Puerto Rico
Recinto de Río de Piedras
|Giovanni Tirado Santiago, PhD||Chairperson|
|Héctor M. Rivera Claudio, BBA||Non-affiliated Member|
|Javiera Almeyda Loucil, MIS||Non-scientific Member|
|Carla Restrepo, PhD||Scientific Member|
|José Luis Santiago Jaime, DMV||Attending Veterinarian|
|Iván Olivo Maldonado, MIS||Ex Officio Member|
|Nabila Fonseca Cardona, BA||Assistant|