Ethics & Compliance: Use of Animals in Research (Off-Campus Agriculture Animal Care and Use Committee)



AboutThe Agriculture Animal Care and Use Committee (AACUC) has been established to evaluate, oversee and authorize the use of animals in research within Texas A&M University System at locations outside Brazos and Burleson Counties. The AACUC is responsible for providing training and support to faculty and staff engaged in animal research.


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Anyone concerned with an animal’s welfare or is aware of non-compliance with policies, rules, regulations, and laws regarding animal care and use for research, teaching, or testing may contact a member of the Texas A&M Agriculture Animal Care and Use Committee (AACUC), Attending Veterinarian, or AACUC administration. Complainants may remain anonymous. It is the goal of Texas A&M AgriLife to ensure all animals are treated humanely and in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act.

Each AACUC member, alternate, and staff member is responsible for referring any concerns received to the AACUC Chair. If the concern is made in writing or via email, it will be forwarded to the Chair with a note indicating the date and time of receipt of the concern. All allegations of animal mistreatment or non-compliance are taken seriously and investigated, even if the complainant chooses to remain anonymous.

To make an anonymous report concerning livestock welfare, please contact

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It is the responsibility of Texas A&M AgriLife to assure that all Texas A&M AgriLife Research personnel involved in the care, treatment, and use of animals in research and teaching are qualified to perform their duties and are aware of regulations and requirements applicable to their work with animals. As part of the AACUC Animal Use Protocol (AUP) approval process, all personnel associated with an AUP must complete the “Working with the IACUC” training module that is available on the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Web site prior to the approval of any new or amended AUPs.



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John Walker, |  p. 325-653-4576 extension 227

Phyllis Benge, AACUC Administrative Assistant | p. 325-653-4576 extension 223


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