Researcher training and safety – Researchers working with animals must complete mandatory training with AALAS as well as with ARC (see below).
Animal Resource Center (ARC) Training: UTMB’s ARC provides access to training on use of Cayuse for animal orders and for animal handling. Basic animal handling classes using mice, rats or hamsters, include behavior, restraint, signs of pain and distress, SQ & IP injections and saphenous vein blood collection. On request classes are structured to your specific protocol needs.
Employee Health Annual Research Questionnaire: All personnel directly working with animals must receive a health clearance from Employee Health. Animal allergies are a significant occupational health hazard for animal users. Personnel are expected to speak with their care provider when changes in their health status occur and will be expected to complete a yearly update with the Employee Health. https://www.utmb.edu/hr/employees/health-and-wellness
Animal Resources Center (ARC): UTMB's Animal Resources Center is responsible for provision of care to all vertebrate animals on campus. The ARC provides a comprehensive program of veterinary care, animal husbandry, technical advice and assistance and facilities to advance research involving animals on the UTMB campus. The ARC is fully AAALAC International accredited, PHS assured and USDA approved. It comprises eight campus facilities with approximately 108,000 square feet of assignable space. Housing and care is provided for all common research species from amphibians and rodents to primates, sheep and swine. Biocontainment housing is available up to animal biosafety level 4 (ABSL 4).