Committee Charge

University instructors and researchers planning projects that utilize animals must submit their proposed protocol to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for review and approval of animal care and use aspects.

The IACUC at Mississippi State University is charged with:

  • Establishing and reviewing compliance with standards and procedures relating to animal welfare of animals used in research and teaching; and
  • Advising individuals and agencies dealing with such animals

Fall 2021 Meeting Schedule

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 1:15 PM for the Fall 2021 semester. Meetings will be held at the ADS Conference Room, Room 1070. In order for a Pain Category D or E protocol to be considered at that month's meeting, it must be submitted electronically to ORC no later than 5:00 PM, 10 working days prior to the meeting date.

Submission Deadline Meeting Date
September 7, 2021 September 21, 2021
October 5, 2021 October 19, 2021
November 2, 2021 November 16, 2021
November 30, 2021 December 14, 2021



The Institutional Animal Care and Use Staff strives to provide outstanding customer service to the MSU animal user research community by providing quality assistance and necessary resources while maintaining compliance with federal, local, and institutional rules and regulations. We are constantly streamlining our procedures so that interaction with our office staff reduces unnecessary burden to our researchers and provides them an avenue of ease in getting their research processed, reviewed, and approved.

All applications for review, modifications, annual updates, etc., must be submitted via the myProtocol system and will be processed by the IACUC staff promptly. Online training information is available at the "Training" link at the bottom of the page. Suggestions, concerns, and praises should be directed to or 662-325-0994.

Trina Smith, BS, MS, CPIA
Animal Care & Use Program Officer

Alyssa McKinley, BS, MS
Compliance Coordinator

  • All incoming IACUC protocols, amendments/annual updates, etc.
  • General IACUC questions
  • Convened IACUC meeting schedules and deadlines
  • Training enrollment and related questions
  • Project specific IACUC questions
  • Website related questions