Required training

There are two fundamental program participation requirements for all researchers who use vertebrate animals, whether they are captive or in field work settings:

CITI Program training for animal care and use

Online training to meet the minimum requirements by federal regulations as well as training for species-specific modules and different roles relating to animal use.

Occupational Health Surveillance System

Online risk assessment and medical review process for students and faculty participating in hands-on work with animals and Biosafety Level-3 workers.

In addition, animal use personnel are trained in Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) policies and in facility and species-specific standard operating procedures. An in-person orientation is also required for all persons being added to protocols for animal work.

Do you need animal studies training?

The easiest way to decide if you need animal studies training as part of an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval process is to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Will I be using live vertebrate animals as a University employee, student, or visitor, whether for teaching or research purposes?
  • Will I be requesting another institution to make custom antibodies, perform a surgery, take tissue samples, administer drugs or reagents, or generate a transgenic or knockout animal for my project needs at the University?
  • Does my work include trapping or netting of any wild vertebrate animals, including mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians?
  • Does my work involve my handling of the animals, whether in captivity or in field settings?
  • In cases of field investigations, will my work involve invasive procedures, harm, or materially alter the behavior of the animals under study?
  • Will vertebrate animals be euthanized on my behalf for my scientific research, teaching, or testing needs?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions you will probably need an IACUC protocol and the applicable training modules. If you are planning field studies, use the resources below to learn how to develop the appropriate protocol. If there is any doubt about training requirements or if you have any other questions on this topic, please contact IACUC Staff at

Additional training and resources

As part of the Animal Resources services we provide training on:

  • Several available imaging platforms
  • Maintaining asepsis and general infection control
  • General anesthesia and physiological monitoring of anesthetized animals
  • Blood sampling, injection/administration, and common surgical techniques

Learn about these and other services available through Animal Resources.