IACUC Training and Certification

Training and certification requirements
Completion of all activity-specific certification and training is required before being listed on a protocol. Protocols cannot be approved until the PI has completed all certification and training.
First time users of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training modules must read the CITI Instruction Page before proceeding.

Certification needed for inclusion on a protocol
  • Working with the IACUC: Investigators, Staff and Students
  • Individual Species modules (mouse, rat, rabbit, frog, bird, etc...)
  • Aseptic Surgery, if the protocol includes survival or non-survival surgery in any animal species
  • General Rodent Surgery Training, if performing survival or non-survival surgery on rats or mice
  • Reducing Pain and Distress in Laboratory Mice and Rats if working with laboratory mice and rats
  • Wildlife Research if working with wild species
  • Risk Assessment Questionnaire (RAQ); additional information concerning the Animal Hazards Program can be found here.
  • Hands on training to perform euthanasia by cervical dislocation or decapitation without anesthesia, if applicable. See IACUC Guidance 201 for additional information or contact Dr. CJ Doane at 502-626-6702.
  • Hands on training to perform other animal activities such as retro-orbital bleeding or injection without anesthesia, if applicable. Contact Dr. CJ Doane at 520-626-6702.

Additional training for individuals performing surgery
A combination of online and hands-on surgical training may be required prior to performing non-survival or survival surgery independently. Direct observation by a UAC veterinarian may be required for individual surgeons and/or new surgical procedures to ensure surgical competency.The details of the Surgical Training Program are listed here.

The Risk Assessment Questionnaire (RAQ)
The Animal Hazards Program (AHP) is federally mandated and animal researchers must participate in the program. Individuals participate in the AHP by submitting the online RAQ form. Occupational Health reveiws the RAQ and the individual or protocol contact may be emailed for additional information. Depending on the animal activities, an individual may require medical surveillance which could include a clinic visit, vaccinations or diagnostic tests.

Keys and access to University Animal Care facilities

In order to obtain keys and access to UAC faciltities, an individual must be listed on an active protocol.

  • If you are listed on an active protocol, contact the UAC facilty coordinator who will provide information and/or required training
  • If you are not listed on an active protocol, have a protocol participant submit a Personnel Amendment
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