In order to be compliant with federal regulations, all personnel working with laboratory animals must be appropriately qualified and trained in the procedures to be performed.  

After submission of a protocol or amendment for IACUC review, the IACUC Office will notify the Principal Investigator (PI) and applicable personnel if any aspects of the training requirements are incomplete.

PIs must complete these requirements regardless of whether or not they will work directly with live animals, as they are ultimately responsible for activities performed under the protocol.

Getting Approval to Work with Animals

The IACUC and the Laboratory Animal Facility (CM-LAF) work together to ensure that personnel are appropriately qualified and trained in the procedures to be performed in order to ensure humane treatment of the animals.

In order to receive IACUC approval, all personnel working with animals are required to complete both online tutorials and hands-on training classes, in addition to each laboratory's own PI-mentored training.

CM-LAF Orientation Session

In order to gain access to a facility, you must attend a CM-LAF facility orientation session. If you have animals in the Biomedical Education Building AND Hochstetter/Park facilities, you will need to attend both orientation sessions.

Online Training

Online training is provided through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. CITI Program courses are comprised of modules containing material that can either be read on your computer screen or printed and read. A brief online quiz following the completion of each module must be completed in order to receive credit for the course.

Please see the "How to Access CITI Programs Online Training" link below for assistance with registering and completing CITI courses.

Click IACUC Module Training

The IACUC will be transitioning to the electronic protocol management system Click. At the time of implementation, all IACUC protocols must be submitted via the Click Portal. To attend a training session for Click, please register.

Hands-on Training

Personnel must demonstrate competence in basic animal procedures, as well as skills specific to the species being used, by completing all hands-on training classes appropriate to their research.

Hands-on training is conducted by CM-LAF staff and offered on a rolling basis.
Required classes must be completed within 60 days of the protocol/amendment approval date, unless previously completed.

All students attending hands-on classes are required to bring a lab coat.