Animals: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Official IACUC Training Program
The IACUC has adopted the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online training “Working with the IACUC: Investigators, Staff and Students” as an official training course to maintain compliance with federal regulations.
The CITI training program also offers several courses (e.g., species-specific training) that investigators or instructors may find helpful for their research or teaching program. However, only the course “Working with the IACUC: Investigators, Staff and Students” and completion of the exam are required. Please note that while one of the course modules is also entitled “Working with the IACUC: Investigators, Staff and Students,” the course, which consists of several modules, needs to be completed in its entirety in order to obtain credit.
The IACUC has also adopted the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) online training “AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition” as an official training course to maintain compliance with federal regulations. Individuals listed on the IACUC protocol who will be performing euthanasia are required to take this training.
In order to meet new federal regulations, the IACUC revised its policy regarding key personnel classification and training. The revised policy (see link below) includes the following changes:
- All personnel listed on an IACUC protocol must now complete a CITI refresher course every five years. (Please note that this is only a refresher course. It is not a substitute for–nor can it be taken in lieu of–the “Working with the IACUC: Investigators, Staff and Students” online course.)
- Personnel responsible for animal euthanasia are required to complete online euthanasia training. The AALAS course is called “AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition.”
- Individuals whose work duties are limited to animal husbandry are not required to be listed on IACUC protocols as key personnel, but they are now required to complete the CITI training course “Working with the IACUC: Investigators, Staff and Students”. You can access this course by clicking one of the CITI links on this web page.
- These training requirements must be completed prior to submission.
Accessing the Training
You must register with your ISU email address to create an account in the CITI program before you can access the training. Once you’ve created your account, you can take the course and exam listed in the “My Courses” section under the Iowa State University heading.
You will need to obtain an access code from the IACUC unit of the Office of Research Ethics before you can create an account and access the AALAS training course.
Your score must be 80% or greater to receive certification of training. If your score is less than 80%, you will be allowed to retake the quiz. Your results will automatically be forwarded to the IACUC Administrator. Please be sure to print a copy of certification for your files.
Occupational Medicine Program
Anyone who handles animals at Iowa State University is required to submit a Hazard Inventory form for potential enrollment into the Occupational Medicine Program.
After the Hazard Inventory form has evaluated, you will receive a confidential Animal Contact Medical Questionnaire via email that must be returned to the Occupational Medicine Office. For additional information about the program, click here.
Accidents and Injuries
All accidents and injuries occurring during the course of employment must be reported to the employee’s supervisor, even if no medical attention is required. More information is available here.
Animal Safety Website
The Animal Safety web page contains important resources for the safe use of animals at Iowa State University.
Additional Training Resources
Environmental Health & Safety Courses
The training courses listed below can be accessed by Iowa State University students and employees via your Workday dashboard/Learning/Discovery.
- Agriculture Worker Protection Safety (classroom)
- Autoclave Safety (online)