SMU Research

Animal Subjects Research

In accordance with SMU Policy 10.9 Animal Care and Use, the use of animals in research and instruction will conform to all applicable laws, rules, and regulations of the United States Government and the State of Texas. All such research and instruction must be performed in compliance with the highest standards of ethics, practice, and conduct of each of the fields or disciplines involved in the specific research projects or instructional activities.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

SMU’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Commmittee (IACUC) provides oversight for all animal research conducted by any faculty, staff, and students at SMU or affiliated/collaborative institutions. The oversight is based on guidelines set forth by the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and regulations established through the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. Details about the IACUC, the review process, the Laboratory Animal Resource Center, and the Occupational Health and Safety Program can now be found in the Research Handbook.

Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns

The SMU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) relies on the observations of individuals to ensure the well-being of all research animals. All personnel are encouraged to contact any of the individuals or offices listed below if they:

  • see animals that appear to be in pain/distress;
  • witness or are involved in an incident that may impact the welfare of laboratory animals at SMU;
  • have a concern about the conduct of personnel handling laboratory animals; or
  • have a concern about protocol integrity or possible scientific misconduct.


Individual/Office Contact Phone E-mail/Website
LARC Facility Manager Courtney Yates 214-768-3620
Attending Veterinarian Dr. Egeenee Daniels 817-929-4053
IACUC Chair Dr. Scott Davis 214-768-1028
Director of Research Compliance Heather McClary 214-768-2030
Institutional Official Shannon Lunt 214-768-2029

All reviews and investigations will be dealt with confidentially to the extent reasonably possible, and SMU ensures that no individual will be discriminated against or be subject to any reprisal for raising a concern or reporting a violation to any regulation or standard pertaining to animal care and use.

A concern or report can be made anonymously through the SMU Fraud Reporting Program.


We offer guidance for planning your research project. To discuss your specific research plans, please email the Compliance Coordinator or call at 214-768-4204.