All faculty, staff, and students who use or work with live vertebrate animals in research, teaching, or testing are required to complete training on the regulations and principles of animal use in research and teaching. There are prescribed resources to meet the educational requirements. Documentation of completion of this training will be required for a Principal Investigator and all personnel listed on a proposal or instructor in a course prior to approval of an Animal Care and Use Proposal for that research project or course.

[IACUC approved December 2010]

Available Training

Individuals working with animals are expected to complete three training mechanisms.  Listed first are three options for completing IACUC Animal Welfare Education training, covering regulations and principles of humane care and use.

1)     Animal Welfare Education/Orientation (AWE lecture, provided by IACUC Staff)

The primary method to fulfill this requirement is by attending a training lecture, typically scheduled on the second Tuesday of each month, from 3-5 pm, located in the Kerr Administration building.  Please check in with the IACUC office (7-9526) to ensure the training will be held before attending.

This presentation is also available upon request, should the scheduled time be in conflict with one’s availability.  If arrangements cannot be made for a training lecture to be provided (e.g., remote location), an online training mechanism, the CITI module, can be used after consultation with the IACUC Staff.  If the CITI module is used for training, a short IACUC office orientation is recommended to help familiarize participants with local people, policies, and processes.  Please call the IACUC office to schedule.

Animal Welfare Education training provides the basis for understanding the regulations, principles associated with humane care and use, and information to efficiently conduct work involving vertebrate animals at Oregon State University. To register, please send a request to IACUC@oregonstate.edu.

You will need to indicate the Principal Investigator (PI) and if known, the Animal Care and Use Proposal (ACUP #) you will be working with.

 FASS Training-Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research or Teaching

This training is provided for staff working with animals in an agricultural capacity and is an alternative to the Animal Care and Use Orientation lecture. Typically, this training is provided to Animal Science personnel through the Department of Animal Rangeland Sciences. Please contact Nora Ross (nora.ross@oregonstate.edu) for information on completing this training.

  • Training requires viewing two 15-minute videos on the Guide to the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals and taking a short quiz in the Department of Animal Sciences.
  • When the training is completed, the Office Manager of Animal and Rangeland Sciences sends documentation to the IACUC Staff confirming that the requirement has been fulfilled.

CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative)

If you cannot attend lectures in-person, a mechanism to complete the IACUC’s requirement for training on regulations and principles associated with humane care and use of research animals is available - at no charge - through the Citiprogram.org website. Please consult with the IACUC Staff before completing this module. Individuals will need to register and affiliate with this institution (see instructions on CITI website). Completion of the base module, Working with the IACUC, at 80% or greater is required. A completion report is automatically generated and provided to the IACUC. If difficulties are encountered with registration, please follow directions on the CITI page or consult the IACUC Staff (IACUC@oregonstate.edu).

2)    Employee Health and Safety (EH&S) Required Training

Animal Handler Safety Training 

This course is REQUIRED for individuals who will work with animals or have significant contact with animals. Hazard awareness topics covered include zoonotic diseases, animal allergies, research hazards, physical injuries, and sharps hazards.  Other topics include methods to minimize personal risks of injury or disease when working with animals and medical monitoring.  The class is offered via an on-line video.  Individuals should complete the Animal Handler Training Acknowledgement Form after they have viewed the video.  Contact Environmental Health and Safety (541-737-2273) with questions.

3)    Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Required Training

The Occupational Health Program provides medical surveillance and health and safety education to faculty, staff, and students at OSU. Individuals working with animals are required to complete an Animal Handler Health Surveillance Questionnaire.  Access this form at http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/occupational-health/animal-handler and submit to Martha Adams, R.N. via fax or campus mail.  (The fax number is located on the bottom of the form.)

Due to HIPPA regulations and privacy issues, emailing the form is strongly discouraged.  Contact Martha Adams with questions at Martha.adams@oregonstate.edu.

Staff working with animals can obtain additional hands-on training by contacting the Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC) as detailed below.

Optional Hands-on Training Available

Animal Care and Use Training (ACUT) 
This training is provided by the Attending Veterinarian/Director of LARC. Contact LARC (7-2263) or Helen.diggs@oregonstate.edu to arrange for this training.

  • Training is available, as needed, for individuals or groups.
  • Training will be based on IACUC-approved procedures for the project on which you are working.
  • One may attend as many times as needed to learn, practice, or refresh skills with specific procedures.
  • Fee: None.