The use of animals in research, testing and education is subject to a multitude of laws, policies, regulations and standards. Two such laws/policies include the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the Public Health Service (PHS) policy, which require documentation that personnel are appropriately trained in animal care and use.  All personnel conducting research with vertebrate animals must be appropriately qualified and trained before working with animals.

The Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for providing documentation that all personnel listed in a protocol have completed the required animal care and use training, and that the certificates of completion are included with the protocol when submitted (or that the certificates of completion are on file in the IACUC office).


Mandatory Training

  1. Animal Care and Use Trainings via CITI
    • ​Everyone named on the protocol (including students, lab techs, and visiting scholars) are required to complete the following online training courses via the CITI Program:
      • IACUC Investigators, Staff and Students
      • Reducing Pain and Distress in Laboratory Mice and Rats
      • Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM)
      • Working with (TBD) in Research Settings -- Complete species-specific training courses as described in the protocol on which you are listed. (E.G. If the protocol proposes the use of mice or rats, all named personnel must complete both Working with Mice in Research and Working with Rats in Research Settings. Personnel working with wildlife must complete the Wildlife Research course.)
    • From the LOG IN THROUGH MY INSTITUTION page, scroll down to find and select University of Colorado at Boulder. It is very important that you log in to CITI in this way so that your training record is associated with your CU Boulder profile. 
      • If this is your first time logging in to CITI from CU Boulder, you will be asked to set up a profile.
      • You may take the IACUC courses prior to or concurrently with the Occupational Health & Safety Training program.
    • Questions? Contact the IACUC Office at (303) 492-8187 or iacucoffice@colorado.edu.
  2. Occupational Health & Safety Training
  3. Procedures Used to Conduct Research
    • Hands-on training for specific procedures described in the protocol may be obtained through the PI's laboratory or the Office of Animal Research (see OAR Training Request Form). 

Supplemental Training

  • OLAW Resources 
    • Includes Training in Survival Rodent Surgery, Training in Basic Biomethodology for Laboratory Mice, and Training in Basic Biomethodology for Laboratory Mice

Training for IACUC Members

Prior to performing IACUC duties or voting on proposals submitted to the IACUC, members must complete training and attend two convened IACUC meetings. A general introductory/training meeting with the IACUC Director is also required prior to performing IACUC duties. Once IACUC members have completed the mandatory training, they may be paired with experienced IACUC members who will serve as their mentor.