Training and Development
Federal regulations require that anyone working with laboratory animals have appropriate training and/or experience with the species and specific procedures to be performed, and include the basic needs of each species; proper handling and care; proper pre and post procedural care; aseptic surgical methods and procedures; proper use of analgesics; anesthetics, and tranquilizers; and the concept, availability and use of research and testing methods that limit the use of animals or minimize animal distress. This includes PIs, technicians, research fellows, students, and visiting scientists. PI’s who may not work directly with animals but supervise an animal use project are required to have animal care and use training.
The IACUC along with the Laboratory Animal Facility (LAF) conduct the Responsible Care and Use of Laboratory Animals Certification Program. In order to receive IACUC certification, all personnel working with animals are required to complete the online tutorial, the Euthanasia Lab, and attend all appropriate hands-on labs, demonstrating competence in basic animal procedures.
Personnel are required to attend those labs relating to the species and skills specific to the research they will be conducting. For example, if you work with rats, euthanize the rats and collect tissue from them, you would need to complete the on line tutorial, attend the rodent lab for handling and injections, and attend the euthanasia lab.
In addition, the Laboratory Animal Facility (LAF) requires all personnel working with animals to attend an orientation to the LAF. Attending an orientation to the Laboratory Animal Facility is required for LAF card access.
There is an LAF orientation session for the Biomedical Education Building and for Hochstetter/Park. Personnel would only need to attend the orientation session that corresponds to where they will be working with the animals. Attending both orientations would not be necessary unless you will be working with animals at both locations.
The on line tutorial is available on UBlearns. In order to access the lectures on UBlearns, you must be enrolled as an authorized user. To enroll, please email your UBit name to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be notified when enrolled into the UBlearns on-line tutorial. After you are enrolled you will be able to access the lectures by logging in with your UBIT name and email password. You will find the lectures under “Course Documents.” Contact the IACUC office if you do not have an UBIT name. The on line tutorial can be accessed at any time after enrolled.
The hands-on labs are offered at the beginning of each semester and before the summer school session.