Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a federally mandated committee that reviews all protocols involving animals to ensure that they are justified by their benefits and minimize any animal pain or suffering that might occur. The use of animal research and teaching is a privilege that requires professional and moral obligations.

The IACUC is dedicated to supporting the education and research mission of the University while maintaining compliance with Federal and State animal care principles, guidelines, and regulations. The Florida International University’s Animal Care and Use Program encompass all animal use by the University for research, testing, and education.

In addition, the IACUC also reviews the institutional program for animal use and conducts inspections of all areas where animals are housed and used.

This site contains the necessary tools and information to assist investigators during the IACUC protocol submission and review process. You can find them on the left navigation menu including Obtaining IACUC Approval which provides step by step instructions on preparing your submission, Policies & Procedures which contains helpful resources on conducting research with animals, and IACUC FAQs which contains answers to commonly asked questions.


Annual Health Status for Hazardous Agents and Animal Contact Form

The Annual Health Status for Hazardous Agents and Animal Contact Form is an annual requirement for all FIU employees who work with animals, hazardous agents or require access to areas where these materials may be used. Please complete the form and submit to no later than June 30, 2016.

IACUC Exempt Request Form

The purpose of this form is to request IACUC exemption to conduct animal work eligible for exemption from IACUC review and approval. The exemptions are as follows:

  • When investigators only require biospecimen from a dead animal whose death was not due to the need for the biospecimens and/or animal carcass (cause of death was not due to the researchers’ study). The carcass/biospecimen used must be obtained from an acceptable source such as an USDA inspected slaughterhouse or from an in-house animal that was euthanized (under an IACUC approved protocol) for other purposes unrelated to your study;
  • Non-intrusive field research (non-invasive, observation only, no handling and/or manipulation of the animal or its environment). If your study involves invasive procedures or materially alters the behavior of the animal, you must fill out the IACUC Field Study Approval Form instead.

Fall 2016 IACUC Training Workshop Schedule


Thurs  8/25—3pm to 4:30pm—Office of Research Integrity (ORI) Overview (Introduction to IRB, IACUC, IBC)

Wed  8/31—10am to 11:30am— Office of Research Integrity (ORI) Overview (Introduction to IRB, IACUC, IBC)


Fri 9/9—2pm to 4pm—IACUC (Obtaining and Managing IACUC Approval)


Wed  11/2—3pm to 4:30pm—IACUC Ethics (fulfills RCR Continuing Education hours)


Thurs  12/1—3pm to 4pm—Preparing for IACUC Semi-Annual Site Visits

Students, Faculty, and Staff are invited and welcome to attend.  We kindly ask for everyone to register prior to trainings in order to accommodate requests and prepare training materials.

To register, please kindly contact Elvia (Eva) Molina at or 305-348-0056 along with the following information:

1. Full Name

2. Department

3. Phone number

4. Name/Date of Training Session
AAALAC Accreditation

AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. AAALAC stands for the “Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care”.

The FIU Animal Care and Use Program received full AAALAC accreditation on March 14, 2014.

Need Assistance?

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is responsible for the ethical and regulatory oversight of research at Florida International University that involves animals. ORI supports and oversees the work of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

If you have any questions regarding the IACUC, please contact the IACUC Coordinator Barbara Llaneras Rodriguez, CMBA in the Office of Research Integrity located in MARC 414. She can also be reached at: (305) 348-8316.

If you have any questions related to the FIU Animal Care Facility, please contact the Office of Laboratory Animal Research. If you have any questions related to the Aquarium Room or the Mesocosms, please contact the Marine Sciences Program.