Researcher Training and Safety

All personnel involved with the care and use of animals must be adequately educated, trained and /or qualified in basic principles of laboratory animal science to help ensure high-quality science and animal well being.

Mandatory Training (Must be assigned by IACUC Office staff)

  • AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals
  • Pain Management in Laboratory Animals
  • Working with the IACUC
  • Proper use of Animal Medical Record
  • IACUC: Occupational Hazard Brochure
  • Selecting the Appropriate Cage Card and Reporting animal use in Research (when managing breeding colonies)
  • Anesthetic Gas Safety for ARC Staff and Animal Researchers

Once AALAS classes have been taken, all classes in the AALAS learning library will be available to you. To access these courses you must sign in through the AALAS Learning Library Portal link on this page.

Training Available through ARC:

  • Basic species handling, behavior, restraint, and signs of pain and distress,
  • Introduction to Inhalation anesthesia,
  • Infection Control,
  • Rodent blood collection techniques,
  • Methods of Euthanasia,
  • Basic Aseptic Techniques in rodent surgery,
  • Other protocol specific training may also be arranged.

Principle Investigators

Principle investigator are expected to ensure all personnel working with animals in their laboratory are properly trained to carry out all procedures they are asked to accomplish. Specific laboratory hands-on-training should be documented.

Biosafety/Radiological and Chemical Safety

Personnel working with agents requiring a Notification of Use (NOU) from the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) must complete all bio-safety level training from Environmental Health & Safety (EHS). Personnel working with chemical agents should contact chemical safety and make ARC aware of any chemical hazards injected in or used on an animal within the vivarium. Personnel working with radiological isotopes or radiation equipment must contact radiation safety.

Occupational Health

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.