Office of Animal Welfare (IACUC)

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All employees working with animals must complete a training requirements registration form - PDF.

There are four components to the IACUC requirements for training:

  • Attend an IACUC-sponsored orientation session
  • Attend a LAF tour
  • Complete required online training courses
  • Enroll in Occupational Health & Safety program

IACUC-sponsored orientation sessions: Sessions are offered monthly. Preregistration is requested for the session.

LAF tour: The tour is required to familiarize personnel with animal facilities, specific attention given to husbandry details related to the animal species. Tours are conducted immediately following the IACUC orientation.

Online training ( All principal investigators and research staff are required to successfully complete the following online training modules:

Occupational Health & Safety program: All employees must enroll online at and complete the following forms:

  • Animal exposure worksheet
  • Health screening questionnaire

If you have previously worked with animals at UMMC and completed the training requirements, you do not have to repeat the IACUC orientation or the LAF tour. If you are working with the same species, you do not have to repeat the online training if completed within the last three years. If your previous training cannot be verified, you will be asked to repeat the training.

Hands-on training sessions provided by the Laboratory Animal Facilities are conducted periodically. Aseptic technique, suturing and animal handling are common topics covered in courses.

Individualized training can be provided upon request. Email for more information.

It is the responsibility of the Principle Investigator to ensure that her/his personnel are appropriately trained to conduct their duties, ensuring safety and compliance with UMMC policy. The IACUC strongly recommends that training records for all staff be maintained in the laboratory in order to demonstrate that all personnel have received the appropriate training in animal care and use, the use of hazardous agents, laboratory procedures, etc.

Sample training documentation form

Topic specific presentations

Additional information regarding the use of chemical hazards can be located on the EH&S website.