Policy on training for NEW animal users:
It is required by the University Committee on Animal Care (UCAC) that all faculty, staff, students, and volunteers wishing to use animals in research or teaching at ETSU must (no exceptions) complete the online training course and exam. Additionally, an orientation tour of the animal facility and participation in the Occupational Health and Safety Program (OH&SP) are required before an individual can use/handle animals. An orientation will be scheduled by DLAR after training and Occupational Health requirements are met and the individual has been added to an active animal use protocol(s). The steps to becoming approved to use animals are:
Policy on refresher training for CURRENT animal users:
Individuals who are approved to use animals in research at ETSU must complete a refresher training module every three years in order to retain their "active user" status. Those who do not complete the refresher as required will not be permitted to work with animals until the module has been completed. Individuals will receive a notice from DLAR every three years as a reminder.
To access the refresher training:
Policy for visitors
Training requirements for visitors wishing to use or handle animals for research and/or teaching at ETSU will be determined individually by the UCAC. Determining factors for training requirements of visitors at ETSU will be previous experience, length of stay, and level of involvement in an animal study protocol at ETSU. If the visitor was approved to work with animals by the IACUC at their home institution, please submit supporting documentation to the ETSU UCAC.
* About the Online Animal Research Training Program
The online Animal Research Training Program is presented by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Office at the University of Miami. ETSU has adopted is as required training for all animal users as per policy of the UCAC.
As of August 18th, 2005, the UCAC requires that all NEW animal users take the online training course and exam. Note: Investigators applying for VA-funded grants using animals also must complete the online training as part of their grant submission process for VA monies.
Please contact Madaline Lewis at 439-6292 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the Animal Research Training Program.