Revised on
10/21/16 04:07pm

Training Requirements for Personnel Working with Live, Vertebrate Animals Used in Research and/or Training

Purpose

 

To establish the training policy for personnel working with live, vertebrate animals in the Animal Care and Use Program. This includes the Animal Care and Use 101 (ACU 101) on-line course and additional training for all persons listed on an Animal Care and Use (ACU) Protocol or working with live, vertebrate animals.

Background

The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and Animal Welfare Regulations requires training for personnel working with live, vertebrate animals: “All personnel involved with the care and use of animals must be adequately educated, trained, and/or qualified in basic principles of laboratory animal science to help ensure high-quality science and animal well-being.”  “It shall be the responsibility of the research facility to ensure that all scientists, research technicians, animal technicians, and other personnel involved in animal care, treatment, and use are qualified to perform their duties.”

Policy

A.  All persons listed on an Animal Care and Use Protocol must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete the ACU 101 on-line course.
  2. Receive job specific training and information from the Principal Investigator (PI) or supervisor in accordance with the IACUC policy Principal Investigator’s Training Responsibilities for Animal Care and Use, Safety Net #116.

B.  Undergraduate Students

  1. Undergraduate students performing procedures on an Animal Care and Use (ACU) research protocol that may cause more than slight or momentary pain or distress (i.e., survival surgery) or that may work with on a ACU research protocol independently, must be added to the protocol roster, take the ACU 101 on-line course, and receive study-specific training in accordance with the IACUC policy Principal Investigator’s Training Responsibilities For Animal Care and Use, Safety Net #116.
  2. Undergraduate students performing minor procedures on an ACU research protocol under supervision must complete the ACU 101 on-line course OR must be provided the Information for Students in Classes and receive training in accordance with the IACUC policy Principal Investigator’s Training Responsibilities For Animal Care and Use, Safety Net #116.  They must be added to an ACU Protocol if working on a particular project or projects covered by a research protocol for more than one quarter.
  3. Undergraduate students in courses involving animals must be provided the Information for Students in Classes.

C.  Exceptions to the above policy are as follows:

  1. Researchers visiting from other UCs may submit an Exemption Form signed by their home institution’s IACUC Administrator indicating they have received training on the basic laws and regulations pertaining to animal care and use (UC Exemption - PDF).

D.  Retraining:

  1. All personnel listed on a protocol must take the UC Davis IACUC Three-Year Retraining Exam OR complete the ACU 101 on-line course every three years.
  2. Re-training notifications will be sent to individuals and the PI beginning at 90 days prior to the individual’s training anniversary date. Notifications will continue to be sent every 30 days until the Three-Year Retraining Exam or ACU 101 on-line course has been completed.
  3. If the Three-Year Retraining Exam OR the ACU 101 on-line course has not been completed by the individual’s training anniversary date, notification will be sent to the individual and PI indicating removal from the ACU Protocol roster. Once retraining has been verified, the individual’s privilege to conduct research will be reinstated after an amendment to add the individual onto the protocol has been received. If the PI has not completed the ACU 101 retraining, their protocol(s) may be suspended until the retraining has been completed.

Procedures

A.  Campus/IACUC Office Responsibilities:

  1. Information Dissemination.
    1. The IACUC Office will make the ACU 101 on-line course available to all persons listed on an Animal Care and Use Protocol. The course will include the  information on:
      • Laws and regulations pertinent to animal care and use.
      • The UC Davis Animal Care and Use Program for teaching and research animals.
      • The Occupational Health Program for individuals working with animals.
    2. The ACU101 course will be made available on the Safety Services website.
    3. The IACUC Office will inform Principal Investigators of any new policy, guideline or change related to the care and use of animals.
  2. Animal Care and Use Training.
    1. Information on the experience and training of each individual listed on a protocol roster must be provided in the Animal Care and Use Protocol. Individual qualifications are reviewed and approved by the IACUC. The information provided must be specific to the procedures listen on the protocol.
    2. The IACUC Office will provide guidance to Principal Investigators in developing training documentation.
    3. The IACUC will inspect Principal Investigator’s training programs to verify that personnel have received required training. These inspections will take place and be performed in accordance with the IACUC Inspection Program.
    4. All individuals performing survival surgery on laboratory animals must be trained in aseptic technique.
    5. All personnel performing rodent survival surgery must take the on-line Rodent Survival Surgery course.
    6. The IACUC may mandate additional training, including species- specific training for individuals or a group of individuals, if:
      1. During the initial protocol review process, the need for additional training is identified.
      2. The procedure in the protocol changes substantially (e.g. changing from acute to survival surgery).
      3. Violations of the Animal Care and Use Protocol are identified due to lack of understanding of procedures or insufficient training.
    7. Species-specific training modules will be provided depending on need or at the discretion of the IACUC or Attending Veterinarian. At a minimum, the following courses will be offered:
      1. Rat Handling and Lab Skills
      2. Mouse Handling and Lab Skills
      3. Rabbit Handling and Lab Skills
      4. Rodent Aseptic Technique
    8. The Office of the Attending Veterinarian will provide additional training as required.

B.  Principal Investigator Responsibilities:

  1. Information Dissemination.
    1. Following protocol approval, the PI will ensure that personnel on his/her ACU Protocol(s) or other personnel (i.e., undergraduate in the laboratory less than one quarter) working with live, vertebrate animals are aware of and follow regulations and policies, and are trained in accordance with the IACUC policy Principal Investigator’s Training Responsibilities For Animal Care and Use.
  2. Animal Care and Use Training.
    1. The Principal Investigator is responsible for ensuring that his/her staff are trained, qualified, and informed.
    2. The Principal Investigator will ensure that his/her personnel are familiar with the protocol for the particular research and procedure(s) they perform.
    3. All training provided must be documented in accordance with the IACUC policy Principal Investigator’s Training Responsibilities For Animal Care and Use. Copies of training documents will be maintained by the Principal Investigator.
    4. The Principal Investigator will ensure that all personnel listed on his/her protocol will participate in continuing education activities relevant to their responsibilities, (e.g. lab meeting updates).
    5. The PI will verify that all personnel listed on his/her protocol have received training specific to the species listed on their protocol.

C.  Facility Responsibilities:
All animal care and support staff will be provided with their job specific training and risk assessment by their facility training coordinator. The facility manager will be responsible for maintaining training documentation and ensuring appropriate training has occurred.

Procedure: IACUC-2
Date: July 28, 2016
Enabled by: PHS, Guide
Supersedes:
May 16, 2013