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Animal Researcher Training Checklist

In accordance with the Animal Welfare Regulations, Public Health Service Policy, and as outlined in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, all personnel conducting research involving animals at the University of California, Santa Barbara and its satellite facilities must be appropriately trained and qualified to perform procedures described in each protocol. Below is a checklist to assist animal researchers with completing their requisite training and gain access to campus animal facilities.

All necessary training must be completed prior to performing any work with animals. All Researchers Must Print and Return the Researcher Training Cheklist and OHS Form to the IACUC Office.

Mandatory training for all new animal users:

  1. Prior to beginning training, email the IACUC office, with your name, the name of your Principal Investigator (PI), and the protocol(s) you will be working on.
  2. Log on to the external web-based training program, Citiprogram at Click here for instructions for logging on to the Citiprogram website. Complete your required training courses according to the following Sections.
  3. All animal users are required to complete the following two courses:

A. “Working with the IACUC” course for Investigators, Staff and Students (18 sections total)

B. The version(s) of “Working with… in Research Settings” that correspond to the animal species you will be working with.

• Animal users working in a laboratory research or teaching setting:

A. “Minimizing/Reducing Pain and Distress in Laboratory Mice and Rats” course, if you will be working with rodents.

B. “Aseptic Surgery” course, if you will be performing surgery on animals.

• Animal users working with wild animals in the field:

A. “Wildlife Research” course

B. If you work with wild rodents or birds, either in the field or at a satellite facility, then you must also read the taxon-specific guidelines available on the IACUC website.

• Project-specific Training

A. Read the animal protocol(s). Your PI will provide this.

B. Read the IACUC Guidelines that are checked in the protocol.

• Researcher Safety Training

A. Complete the “Occupational Health and Safety” form and UC Davis Risk Assessment Tool. Return the completed OHS form to the IACUC Office in a sealed envelope.

B. Read through the “Zoonotic Diseases” materials on the CDC website

C. Complete the EH&S Online Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety Training Course (LS60):

Upon completion of the mandatory training, return this form to the IACUC Office along with a completed Occupational Health and Safety Form sealed in an envelope. Please contact the IACUC Office at 805-893-5855 or via email at to set-up an appointment to drop off your forms.
Please note that work on most animal protocols requires additional specialized training, for example:

• Before working in the Animal Resource Center vivarium (Bio2 or Psychology), you must complete a Facility Orientation.

If you will be performing survival surgery on rodents (i.e., rats or mice), you must attend a Basic Aseptic Surgical Technique Training Seminar with the Attending Veterinarian (AV). In order to perform surgical procedures without the assistance and supervision of the surgical trainer or AV, you must successfully complete a proficiency assessment with the AV. Contact the AV at to schedule the proficiency assessment.

If you will need training on animal procedures, contact the Animal Resource Center at 805-893-3986.


All researchers working with vertebrate animals must complete a mandatory training for re-authorization every three years:

Click here for instructions on logging into Citiprogram and completing the "Working with Animals in Biomedical Research-Refresher Course". This training will provide another three years of certification.

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