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!

Office of Animal Care Compliance (OACC)

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.

When do I need an animal care and use protocol?

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 or cells). Breeding, Display, or Holding, Laboratory, Field, or Teaching, and Collaborative or Tissue protocol forms are available to meet your needs. There are blanket Museum of Southwestern biology (MSB) protocols by division which cover research with specimens within museum collections. We use an electronic protocol submission and animal orders, census, and billing system called TOPAZ Elements. Power Point tutorials are available which illustrate how to submit, amend, or renew protocols in TOPAZ. The Animal Resource Facility (ARF) is responsible for animal orders, census, or billing inquiries. An HSC Novell username and password must be obtained in order to access the TOPAZ system.

Protocol Submission Checklist


Assurance Numbers

HSC Campus
Animal Welfare
Assurance # D16-00228 (A3350-01)
USDA Registration # 85-R-0014
AAALAC # 000222

Main Campus
Animal Welfare
Assurance # D16-00565 (A4023-01)
USDA Registration # 85-R-0002