Animals in Research and Teaching
Learn the steps to receive approval for research and/or teaching with animals at Texas A&M.
The use of animals is defined as any activity involving vertebrate animals in which the natural lifestyle or movements of the animals is materially altered. Use of animal carcasses, tissues, and fluids obtained specifically for research, testing, or teaching purposes are subject to review according to applicable regulations and may be determined to be “use of animals.”
Personnel who work with animals or are at risk from animal exposure must be enrolled in a Biosafety Occupational Health Program and informed of the risks associated with the animal exposure.
Research Compliance’s Animal Welfare Office (AWO) supports Texas A&M’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC), through which all faculty, staff, and students using animals, regardless of location or funding, must obtain approval before activities begin.
Report a Concern
Concerns regarding the use of animals in research and/or teaching may be directed electronically or by phone to the chair of the IACUC or the Animal Welfare Office.
Animal Welfare Office
More Information About Reporting a Concern
Or submit a report to Texas A&M EthicsPoint (not for events presenting an immediate threat to life or property)
Accreditation and Oversight
Animal Welfare Assurance (OLAW):
College Station/Dallas/Galveston/Kingsville: D16-00511 (A3893-01), valid until 4/30/2026
Houston: D16-00563 (A4012-01), valid until 12/31/2024
USDA Research Facility Registration:
College Station: 74-R-0012
AAALAC International Accreditation:
College Station: 000704, Full Accreditation (effective 3/12/2020)
Houston/Kingsville: 000921, Full Accreditation (effective 2/23/2022)