Policy on Training

Policy on Training

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 after training and Occupational Health requirements are met.  The steps to becoming approved to use animals are:

  • Complete and submit a Health Assessment. Submission of a Health Assessment form is how you enroll in OH&SP. Your Health Assessment will be reviewed by the OH&SP physician, and DLAR will be contacted once you have been approved to work with animals. Annually, the OH&SP Coordinator will contact you to request a Health Assessment Update. This is a brief form which requests notification of any changes in medication, health status, etc, that may have occurred during the past year. These annual updates are required for all animal users. 

    A Risk Inventory is required for each lab in which animals are used, and should be submitted annually by the PI. The OH&SP Coordinator will send a reminder each year when an updated Risk Inventory is due. 

  • Complete the Online Research Training Program*
    • Go to the website www.citiprogram.org
    • If you are a new user, click the "New Users Register Here" link.
    • In the drop-down list of participating institutions, select East Tennessee State University. 
    • Create a username and password.
    • Enter your name and email address, then click "Submit".
    • Enter your member information, then click "Submit".
    • For question 1 under "Select Curriculum", select "Thanks, but I want to take the LabAnimal Training.  Please go to question 2."  Click "Submit" at the bottom of the page. 
    • For question 2, select "No".
      For question 3, select "Working with the IACUC Course...".  If you are an IACUC member, select "...Essentials for IACUC Members...".  You may choose to take other modules that are relevant to your work (and doing so is highly recommended), but "Working with the IACUC" is the only REQUIRED course for animal users ( if you are an IACUC member, "Essentials for IACUC Members" is also required).  Click "Submit". 
    • On the next page, click "No".
    • The required course is listed as "Investigators, Staff, and Students, Basic Course" under "My Courses" (instead of being listed as "Working with the IACUC").  Click "Enter" to begin. 
    • There are 26 Chapters, and each chapter and quiz must be completed.
    • Log out at the end of each session.  You can log out and then log back in as needed.
    • Notify the DLAR secretary, Madaline Lewis ( ), when you have completed the training and passed the exam.  Also, print a copy of the certificate for your records. 

  • You must be listed on an approved Animal Study Protocol. The PI for the project on which you will be working is required to submit a modification to add new personnel to the appropriate protocol. 

  • Attend an orientation to the animal facility. Once you have completed the online training, your Health Assessment is approved, and you have been added to an active protocol(s), the of DLAR will contact you to schedule an orientation to the facility in which you will be working. 

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

  • Investigators have the responsibility of being aware of current policies and regulations regarding humane animal care and use. 
  • If you have any questions regarding animal use issues, we encourage you to take a refresher course using the online training program.

Please contact Madaline Lewis at 439-6292 or if you have any questions regarding the Animal Research Training Program. 


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