The IACUC is committed to the humane care and use of laboratory animals. The IACUC has oversight of all animal-related activities performed at UConn Health. It is the responsibility of the IACUC to ensure that all work performed with research laboratory animals used at UConn Health complies with all applicable federal, state, and institutional laws, policies, and guidelines.
UConn Health is fully accredited by the AAALAC-international and has been since June 21, 1977. Our last full accreditation was given on July 5, 2016. Our accreditation site visit was be on February 25-26, 2019 and we expect to see our results in June 2019.
Our Public Health Service (PHS) assurance number is A3471-01 (D16-00295) and the effective dates are May 8, 2018 to April 30, 2022. Our USDA Registration Number is 16-R-0025 and it expires on September 17, 2020.
Any Questions: Please contact the IACUC office.
New Laboratory Animal Users
If you are new to using laboratory animals, please review our “Top Ten Actions for New Animal Users” page. This will tell you in detail what you need to know and do in order to use laboratory animals here at UConn Health.
Accessing the Animal Facility
In order to access the animal facility, you need to contact the Center for Comparative Medicine (x2731) and ask them for a facility access request form. The IACUC office does not grant facility access. Before you can actually access the animal facility, the following actions must be completed:
- You must be listed as an animal user on an active animal care and use protocol.
- You must complete initial animal user training.
- You must enroll in the Occupational Health Surveillance Program; this is a form that you complete on line.
- You must have a “medical clearance for animal use” appointment with a physician or nurse in Employee Health Service.
If you make changes to your protocol and you get an error message once you save that states the changes can’t be saved because the “following accounts are not longer active:”, simply go to the accounts field and delete the account(s). You will then be able to save the changes made to the protocol.
If you are having technical problems with Topaz, please do not contact the IACUC office. Contact the OVPR IT Help Desk at 860-486-7944 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The URL to Topaz is https://uconnprod.topazti.net/ucelements.
3 Year Renewals in TOPAZ
Please be aware that 3 year renewals in TOPAZ must be handled as a NEW ORIGINAL PROTOCOL SUBMISSION. You cannot “renew” the protocol nor can you paste from your old protocol. You may copy your protocol and edit it for your 3 Year Renewal if you wish to continue the existing project. Please remember to update personnel, room locations, old protocol numbers, etc. If you are performing painful procedures, you must re-do your search for alternatives (if required) and your consultation with the Attending Veterinarian.
Regularly scheduled Topaz Elements training is available. See https://ovpr.uchc.edu//about/research-it/topaz/ for upcoming dates, times, and registration information. Training on the system is required prior to receiving access to create or submit protocols.
The IACUC is requiring that all euthanasia stations be equipped with the Euthanex® system. Please review the letter from the IACUC Chair regarding this issue. For more information, contact Dr. Chidambaram, Attending Veterinarian.