Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Mission statement

The mission of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is to oversee the provisions for the care and well-being of animals used for research and educational purposes at St. George's University.  The IACUC is also committed to serving the public by ensuring conformance to all legal and ethical standards regarding the use of animals in research.  The IACUC reviews all animal use protocols, ensures compliance with national regulations, inspects animal facilities and laboratories and oversees training and educational programs. The IACUC serves as a resource to faculty, investigators, technicians, students, staff, and administrators and provides guidance for conducting all animal use procedures with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.

SGU IACUC members

The IACUC is composed of veterinarians, biological and nonbiological scientists, and local community representatives. The members are appointed to the committee, after recommendations by the committee chair, by the Institutional Official on behalf of the Panel on Research and Scholarly Activities. New IACUC members are required to complete two web-based training modules (CITI) viewable at (https://www.citiprogram.org) entitled, "Essentials for IACUC Members" and "Working with the IACUC."

The IACUC is scheduled to meet monthly.

Responsibilities of the IACUC

The responsibilities of the IACUC include, but are not limited to the following list.  The IACUC will:

  1. Inspect all of the animal facilities, including animal study areas and satellite facilities at least once every 12 months.
  2. Review the animal resource centre's program for the utilization of animals in research and teaching at least once every 12 months.
  3. Review and approve, require modifications to, or withhold approval to animal care and use protocols.
  4. Review and investigate legitimate concerns involving the care and use of laboratory animals resulting from public, employee, or student complaints.  Serious or continuing noncompliance will be reported to the appropriate University body.
  5. Suspend an activity involving animals if noncompliance is verified; take corrective action and report noncompliance to funding agencies.
  6. Ascertains that all protocols are in compliance with above mentioned legislation (article I) and that government approval is obtained (through the Research Oversight Committee).

Contact information for the IACUC

Yvette Baptiste (Ms)
IACUC Administrator
Office of Research
St. George's University
True Blue , Grenada, West Indies
Tel:  (473) 444-3997 Ext. 3053
Fax: (473) 444-3041
E-mail: ybaptist@sgu.edu 

 

Forms:

IACUC Policy

Teaching

Teaching Instructions

Research Instructions

Research Animal Protocol Application