Required Training for Students in Class

Training Requirement for Students Who Handle Live Vertebrate Animals in Class

This training, which includes information about animal handling to reduce risk to both the animals and the handler, is for students who handle animals only for class assignments. If data from vertebrates will also be used in research, then a research protocol must be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) before the animals are handled in the class assignments. It is the responsibility of the instructor to ensure that all training requirements have been met.

The training requirement may be met in one of three ways at the discretion of the instructor:

  1. Students may complete the course “Working with the IACUC” at the on-line training site through the CITI Program. The course instructor is responsible for collecting the certificates from the students and ensuring all students have completed the training before animals are handled.
  2. Students may read a document titled  “Use of Animals in a Course: What You Need to Know.”  The document may be modified and tailored to fit the needs of the course at the discretion of the instructor. Documentation of this training option must be maintained by the instructor.
  3. Students may be trained by a method of the instructor’s choice, provided that the essentials of proper handling of animals are conveyed in the training.  The instructor will be responsible for submitting a written description of the training for IACUC review prior to delivering this training to the students. Documentation of this training option must be maintained by the instructor.