The OACC will ensure compliance with federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines. The OACC will promote the “three R’s” of replacement, refinement, and reduction when reviewing animal care and use protocols, and will provide services and resources that investigators need to accomplish their research goals. The OACC recognizes and emphasizes that animal research is a privilege not a right.
All UNM affiliated personnel must have an approved animal care and use protocol to conduct research (including field observations) using live, vertebrate animals (amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, or reptiles) or vertebrate animal tissue (including blood). Breeding/holding, field, laboratory or tissue protocol forms are available to meet your needs. There are blanket museum protocols by division which cover research with specimens within museum collections. We use an electronic protocol submission system called TOPAZ. Power Point tutorials are available online which illustrate how to submit, amend, or renew protocols in TOPAZ. A Novell username and password must be obtained through the HSC Library in order to access the system.
There is a dedicated computer work station available in our office for TOPAZ protocol entry. Call (272-0418/6806) or come down to BRF G37J and get individualized help with your TOPAZ submissions!