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Animal Subjects Research Training

All personnel actively involved with animal protocols must complete CITI training modules for animal care and use. All personnel are required to complete the Investigators, Staff and Students, Basic Course (Working with the IACUC) AND the appropriate species specific training and the post procedure care training (depending on the species utilized in the protocol). Completion certificates (completion dates within the past three years) are required to be uploaded for all personnel as part of the submission package. Additionally hands-on procedure specific training may be required by the IACUC. For more information on CITI training see the CITI training page.

Available CITI modules are listed below.

  • Investigators, Staff and Students, Basic Course (Working with the IACUC)
  • Post-Procedure Care of Mice and Rats in Research: Reducing Pain and Distress (To access the module, select the course described as, “I am involved in studies that have the potential to cause more than momentary pain and distress in mice or rats".)
  • Working with Amphibians in a Research Setting
  • Working with Mice in Research Settings
  • Working with Rats in Research Settings
  • Working with Hamsters in Research Settings
  • Working with Gerbils in Research Settings
  • Working with Guinea Pigs in Research Settings
  • Working with Rabbits in Research Settings
  • Working With Swine in Research Settings
  • Working With Fish in Research Settings

Facility Orientation
All new users (staff or students) of laboratory animals (e.g., mice, rats, rabbits) and the animal facilities must attend a mandatory facility orientation and tour. Facility orientation sessions are offered on the first Wednesday of each month at 10AM. Contact compliance@ds.uri.edu for more information.
 
Topics to be covered include:

  • Training requirements
  • Housing and animal care
  • Following Standard Operating Procedures
  • Animal transport
  • Animal Health / Disease Prevention and Control in the Animal Handling Facilities
  • Safety / Occupational Health program
  • Personal protective equipment and common hazards
  • Appropriate behavior
  • Requirements for the completion of procedure logs, etc.
  • Facility access