The mission of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is to promote the proper care and use of vertebrate animals in activities conducted on behalf of the university by adhering to the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals; Animal Welfare Act; Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching; and other applicable regulations.

This committee meets at least twice a year (March and September) and is responsible for monitoring the Institution’s animal care and use program, performing the semiannual inspection (March and September) of the Institution’s animal use areas, and ensuring that there are no deviations from approved animal use protocols that adversely affect animal welfare. This committee is authorized to suspend an activity involving animals if it determines that the activity is not being conducted in accordance with applicable provisions of the Animal Welfare Act, the Guide, and the PHS Policy.

This committee also reviews and approves, requires modifications in, or withholds approval of all protocols related to the care and use of animals at the Universidad Central del Caribe.


Forms and Regulations



Prof. Zilka Ríos
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