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Policy#: 529-251

Title: REQUIREMENTS FOR ANIMAL USERS: Policy on the Training of Animal Users

Effective: 1/7/2008


PHS Policy and the Animal Welfare Act require that all people that use animals in research and teaching be trained in the proper care and use of research/teaching animals prior to beginning the project. To fulfill this requirement, the IACUC offers  web based on-line training and exam that describes the animal care and use program at UCR, provides federally required training and  provides information on basic animal procedures.


All PIs must complete the on-line training exam prior to approval of an AUP and animal users complete the on-line training exam prior to initiating activities involving live vertebrate animals. Noncompliance will result in the failure being discussed by the IACUC and risks suspension of the AUP and mention in the semi-annual program review as a specific institutional deficiency. Additional training in the form of hands-on sessions may be attended on an "as needed" or desired basis. The IACUC suggests that the on-line training course be repeated within five years, barring any significant changes in the PHS Policy or Animal Welfare Act.


It is the responsibility of the PI to notify the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and/or the Office of the Campus Veterinarian (OCV), within one week of the appointment of a previously unnamed person to a position that will involve animal handling or use.  The OCV will contact the new appointee with information regarding required training.  The CV will make any determinations regarding required training in emergency situations.


It is the responsibility of the PI to ensure that all personnel receive training in techniques necessary to perform preocedures involving laboratory animal use prior to their handling of vertebrate animals.