Training: Animal Users
Last updated: December 19, 2011
Federal law requires that the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) make recommendations to the Institutional Official (IO) for the development and administration of animal care and use training programs for all personnel involved in the use of animals in teaching or research. animal users require training in order to ensure that all persons involved in animal care and use are:
- Informed of IACUC and Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) policies and procedures regarding animal care and use at The University of Montana;
- Informed of available resources regarding animal care and use certified by accrediting and oversight agencies including the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC), the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA);
- Verified to be technically proficient and fully capable of their responsibilities for animal care and use covered under their Animal Use Protocol (AUP); and
- Provided training and offered participation in the risk-based Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) program.
It is the policy of The University of Montana IACUC to provide and document a comprehensive training program for all animal users
- Administrative Responsibility
- It is the responsibility of the IACUC Coordinator to:
- Maintain individual records of animal user training,
- Provide instructions for use of the CITI Online Laboratory Training Courses web training site,
- Provide instructions for using the IACUC online Wildlife Course
- Provide occupational health and safety (OH&S) materials, including a summary of hazards and instructions for OH&S program participation.
- It is the responsibility of the AV and persons approved and designated by the AV to
- Conduct regularly scheduled training sessions for animal users requiring access to LAR facilities,
- Conduct training for field researchers, visitors, contractors, and new animal users as reasonable and necessary.
- Documentation of Training
- The IACUC Coordinator will maintain individual files for all animal users that will include
- Attendance at formal group training sessions,
- Online training
- Individualized training provided by AV, LAR employees, or invited specialists,
- Participation in the OH&S program
- All training documents will be made available by the IACUC Coordinator to the IACUC, federal regulatory personnel, or any other qualified inspector on demand.
- Training Program for Animal Users and Principal Investigators (PI) Using Laboratory Animals
- All laboratory animal users and PIs are required prior to beginning work on an approved AUP to,
- Complete user-specific training module(s) on the CITI training web site (http://www.citiprogram.org) determined by the animal species included on the AUP under which they are working and performing procedures (update online training every 3 years)
- Participate in OH&S Risk Assessment (update every 3 years or more often if warranted by health status)
- Attend one-on-one training with an LAR staff member for safe and proper use and exit of LAR facilities and for any relevant work-related OH&S training (one- time training or as needed)
- Attend didactic laboratory animal user training at earliest possible opportunity (attend once each year)
- Individual Griz card access to the animal areas will be granted once online training, risk assessment and one-on-one training are completed. Didactic training must be completed at the earliest possible opportunity for Griz card access to be maintained.
- Mandatory update of training
- Didactic training update every year
- Online species-specific training update every 3 years
- OH&S risk assessment update every 3 year (or more often if health status changes)
- Training Program for Animal Users and Principal Investigators (PI) Conducting Wildlife/Field Studies
- All wildlife users and PIs are required prior to beginning work on an approved AUP to,
- Review the online Wildlife Training Presentation and complete the Wildlife Handlers Quiz on the UM IACUC web site (www.umt.edu/iacuc). Send completed exam to firstname.lastname@example.org (update online training every 3 years
- Participate in OH&S Risk Assessment (update every 3 years or more often if health status changes)
- If using amphibians for research, complete the amphibian training module on the CITI training web site at http://www.citiprogram.org (update online training every 3 years)
- Mandatory update of training
- Online Wildlife Training Presentation and quiz update every 3 years
- OH&S risk assessment update every 3 years (or more often if health status changes)
- If applicable, online Amphibian training update every 3 years
- Non-compliance with training policy
- Griz card access to laboratory animal facilities may be denied or revoked if training is not completed or updated as required
- If annual didactic training is not completed with 6 months after the annual due date, the animal user, the PI and the Department Head will be notified by the IACUC Chair that the non-compliant person must attend one of the next regularly scheduled semester (fall, spring, or summer) training sessions. If didatic training remains incomplete, the matter will be discussed at the next scheduled IACUC meeting. The PI and the animal user (if applicable) will be requested to attend the meeting and suspension of the animal user and/or the AUP may be considered by the IACUC
- If online training is not updated as required, the animal user, the PI and the Department Head will be notified by the IACUC Chair that the non-compliant person has 30 days to complete their online training. If training remains incomplete after 30 days, the matter will be discussed at the next scheduled IACUC meeting. The PI and the animal user (if applicable) may be requested to attend the meeting and suspension of the AUP will be considered by the IACUC.