IACUC Training and Certification

Training and certification requirements
Prior to the start of any animal activity, all Principal Investigators (PIs), faculty, research staff, students and volunteers who use animals in instruction or research are required to complete applicable certification and training. This also includes individuals using unfixed tissues, cells or serum obtained from another investigator.
It is the responsibility of the PI to ensure that all personnel listed on the protocol complete the required certification and training in animal care and use.
Please note that completion of all applicable on-line certification is required before anyone (including the PI) can be listed on a protocol. Protocol submissions will not be granted final approval if individuals in the PI has not completed the required certification.
All on-line training and certification is conducted through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website. First time users of the CITI training modules must read the CITI Instruction Page before proceeding.
Hands on training in standard live animal procedures is available from University Animal Care, if requested.

Certification needed for inclusion on a protocol
All individuals are required to have CITI certification. Any previous training is no longer accepted.
  • Working with the IACUC: Investigators, Staff and Students
  • Individual Species modules (mouse, rat, rabbit, frog, bird, etc...)
  • Aseptic Surgery, if performing survival or non-survival surgery in any animal species
  • General Rodent Surgery Training, if performing survival or non-survival surgery on rats or mice (offered by UAC)
  • 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) with Occupational Health. Additional information concerning the Animal Hazards Program can be found here.
  • Respirator fit testing for some researchers. Additional information 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 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 must be completed prior to being approved to independently perform non-survival or survival surgery on vertebrate animal species. Direct observation by a UAC veterinarian may also be required for individual surgeons and/or surgical procedures to ensure personnel are adequately trained to perform the IACUC approved surgical procedure(s). The latter requirement is imposed at the discretion of the IACUC and/or the Attending Veterinarian (or designee) whenever the surgical proficiency of an individual for a surgical procedure is in question. All required training must be documented.
The details of the Surgical Training Program are listed here.

The Risk Assessment Questionnaire (RAQ)
The Animal Hazards Program is federally mandated and animal researchers must enrol in the program. The RAQ is the first part of the enrolment process, which is administered by the Occupational Health Office. Due to medical privacy issues, the IACUC is not able to see any details of the process. The IACUC is only provided with notification that the RAQ process is finished.
Please note that until the IACUC Office receives notification from Occupational Health that an individual has finished the RAQ process, that individual cannot be added to a protocol.
The RAQ is a multi-step process.
  • The individual and the OSD must complete the online RAQ form. Both the individual and the OSD must complete their parts to begin the process. Note that the individual and the OSD can be the same person.
  • Occupational Health receives the RAQ and it is reviewed by an Occupational Health nurse.
  • The individual submitting the RAQ is contacted by Occupational Health. This email may indicate that nothing further is needed OR may indicate that more information or an office visit is required.
If Occupational Health contacts the individual about more information or an office visit and the individual does not respond to this or subsequent emails, the RAQ process stops. This is the most common reason why completion of the RAQ is delayed.
  • Occupational Health may also contact the OSD, if more information is required. If the OSD does not respond to this request, the RAQ process will stop.
  • Once all the necessary steps are completed, the IACUC Office is notified.
The IACUC Office cannot speed up the process, nor can we determine what is holding up the process. If there has been a delay in the RAQ process, please contact the Occupational Health Program Coordinator at (520) 626-5735 or francesd@email.arizona.edu.

Keys and access to University Animal Care facilities
  • Be listed on an active protocol
  • Hands-on training as applicable:
    • Micro-Isolator (MI) and Individualized Ventilated Caging (IVC) Training - if you are working with animals in MI and/or IVC caging you are required to complete this one-on-one training session (contact Cindy M. at 520-626-6702)
    • Hazardous Materials Training - if you are working with a hazard within a UAC facility you are required to complete this hands on training (contact Cheryl at 520-626-6706)
    • Nonhuman Primate Studies - in addition to the mandatory modules listed above, all individuals must also have/complete all of the following in this order:
      • A current negative TB test (contact the Occupational Health Clinic at 520-626-6363 to schedule a test)
      • Hands-on Training for Herpes B-Virus Prevention (contact Dr. CJ Doane at 520-626-6702)
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