Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The IACUC is committed to the humane care and use of laboratory animals. The IACUC has oversight of all animal-related activities performed at the Health Center. It is the responsibility of the IACUC to ensure that all work performed with research laboratory animals used at the Health Center complies with all applicable federal, state, and institutional laws, policies, and guidelines.

Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International logoThe University of Connecticut Health Center is fully accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) and has been since June 21, 1977. Our last full accreditation was given on June 13, 2013.
Our Public Health Service (PHS) assurance number is A3471-01 and the effective dates are April 1, 2014 to April 30, 2018. Our USDA Registration Number is 16-R-0025 and it expires on September 17, 2017.


2015 Animal Training Changes

Starting in January, 2015, we will no longer be using CITI for routine animal user renewal training. All animal users will be required to view a PowerPoint document that will be on the website which is going to review issues relevant to work here at this institution. Starting in January, 2015, renewal training will be required YEARLY. All employees will be notified when they are required to complete renewal training.

TOPAZ Issues

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.

3 Year Renewals in TOPAZ

Please be aware that 3 year renewals in TOPAZ must be handled as a NEW PROTOCOL SUBMISSION. You cannot "renew" the protocol nor can you paste from your old protocol. This is a problem that we are aware of but TOPAZ will not fix.

IACUC Office Phone Number

We have a new phone number for the IACUC office: 860-679-3429. Please use this number for general questions/requests for the IACUC.

TOPAZ Training

Please contact Dr. Jim Watras for training on the Topaz protocol management system. 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.