According to U.S. federal law, institutions that use laboratory animals for research or instructional purposes must establish an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to oversee and evaluate all aspects of the institution's animal care and use program.

Each institution that receives Public Health Service (PHS) support for activities involving vertebrate animals or is subject to the authority of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) must operate an animal care and use program with clear lines of authority and responsibility. The program must include:

  • a properly constituted and functioning Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC);
  • procedures for self monitoring;
  • an adequate veterinary care program
  • an occupational health and safety program
  • a personnel training program
  • an environment, housing and management program for animals; and
  • appropriately maintained facilities for housing and support.

Texas Southern University's IACUC Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) number is A3897-01. Below are the members of the IACUC.

IACUC members
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Name Affiliation Chair Member Alternate
Dr. Renard Thomas CPHS X
Mr. Jamaal Armstrong N/A X
Mrs. LaKuita Bess Animal Care Technician X
Dr. Thomas Gomez Veterinarian X
Mr. Randolph Hamid Animal Care Technician X
Dr. Vanessa Jensen Attending Veterinarian X
Mr. Darnell Johnson, III RSO/Industrial Hygienist X
Ms. Diane Nicholson-Jones Facilities and Maintenance X
Dr. Huan Xie CPHS X
Dr. Momoh Yakubu COSET X
Rev. Francene Young N/A X
Dr. Ziva Yousefipour CPHS X

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