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Animal Subjects Protections: Training

Overview
In order to conduct research with animals or working with animals in a teaching setting, all staff and students must complete the required general training modules, attend a facility orientation (if applicable), and participant in the Animal Users Health and Safety Program (AUHSP). Additionally, all staff and students conducting research with animals must be listed on an approved IACUC protocol.

General Training Requirements
All personnel actively involved with animal protocols must complete Collaborative Institution Training Initiative (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
  • Wildlife Research
  • Working With Reptiles in Research Settings
  • Working With Cattle in Agricultural Research Settings
  • Working with Horses in an Agricultural Research Setting
  • Working with Sheep and Goats in Research Setting


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 researchintegrity@etal.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


Animal Users Health and Safety Program
All personnel and students working with animals in research and teaching environments are required to participate in the URI Animal Users Health and Safety Program (AUHSP) prior to working with animals. The AUHSP includes completing an occupational health and safety survey, completing health and safety specific training, and medical surveillance. For additional information, please see the AUHSP page. 

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