Division of Research
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.


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. Our next accreditation review and site visit by the AAALAC team will occur in 2017.

New Risk Assessment Form (Effective September 27, 2013)

New IACUC Online Training Requirements (Effective April 1, 2013)

  • A new module has been added to the 'Working with the IACUC online training that will include the former Animal Safety course by Environmental Health and Safety. More information is available on the IACUC Training Requirements web page.

New Optional Animal Training

  • New optional training modules have been added to our CITI Online Training Site. Please visit our IACUC Training Requirements web page for more information.

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 270. 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.