Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Dolphins

The University of Southern Mississippi is committed to the integrity of research, scholarship, and creative activity. Animals used in the University’s research and educational activities must be treated humanely and in accord with widely accepted best practices and principles. Federal law requires prior review and approval of all activities involving live vertebrates by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

Applicants must follow a two-step procedure. First, complete the IACUC form and applicable appendices in Microsoft Word and submit electronically as email attachments to Ms. Pamela M. Thornton, IACUC Administrative Assistant, at iacuc@usm.edu. Second, submit hard copies of the signed cover sheet and assurance statements to Ms. Thornton, The University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive #5116, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001. Review of applications takes two to six weeks.

Approved projects are valid until two years from the September 30 after approval. (For example, a project approved on either November 5, 2013 or April 15, 2014 is valid until September 30, 2016). For projects extending beyond the expiration date, request renewals using the standard IACUC application form.  Principal investigators will be notified approximately one month prior to approval expiration.