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IACUC Training Policy

IACUC Policy on the Training of Persons Involved in Animal-Related Tasks

March 08

The following section of the US Animal Welfare Act obligates the IACUC to consider the training of personnel involved in animal-related work:

Sect. 2.31 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees

(d) IACUC review of activities involving animals ...

(viii) Personnel conducting procedures on the species being maintained or studied will be appropriately qualified and trained in those procedures; (Federal Register, 54(168), 36152, August 31, 1989; see Section 2.32, 36153-4 for some details on what is meant by "appropriately qualified and trained")

Accordingly, (1) ESF faculty members involved in, or supervising, the care, handling, or treatment, of animals will be expected to assure the IACUC of satisfactory knowledge and/or training regarding the procedures to be employed. This will ordinarily occur as part of the protocol-review process by the provision of relevant biographical and background information in the application.

Furthermore, (2) a faculty member will be expected to provide in-person training, or personally verify the ability of, anyone else involved in such activities before he or she is allowed to conduct such tasks in the absence of direct supervision. A written record should be kept specifying each training session, including the name of all persons involved and the nature and extent of their training, this record being kept available for inspection by the college IACUC.

Online Training (Required)

Members of the ESF community now have access to the CITI training program at http://www.citiprogram.org/. The IACUC course for Investigators, Staff and Students, Lab Animal Research provided by CITI covers the material from Chapters 1-3 of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, which is required reading for the certification of all ESF animal care protocols.

Instructions for accessing the CITI website can be found here.


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