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All personnel conducting research with vertebrate animals must be appropriately qualified and trained before working with the species; the training includes IACUC basic training and hands-on training. The basic animal care and use training provided by the IACUC is required for anyone working with vertebrate animals in research and teaching. Hands-on training must be obtained through the individual investigator’s laboratory or through the animal facilities by appointment.

Mandatory Training

  • In-person IACUC basic training
  • Hands-on training on protocol-specific procedures

IACUC Training Schedule

In order to begin working with vertebrate animals at the University of Colorado Boulder, you can concurrently enroll in the Occupational Health Program and take the IACUC Basic Training. No need to sign up for training, just come to a session listed below, and be sure to sign-in when you arrive. Otherwise, we won’t know that you participated.


Tuesday  August 4, 2015 9:00 AM-11:30 AM Muenzinger E214
Monday August 17, 2015 1:00 PM-3:30 PM Muenzinger E214
Wednesday  September 2, 2015 2:00 PM-4:30 PM Gold A150
Wednesday  September 23, 2015 9:00 AM-11:30 AM Gold A150
Tuesday  October 6, 2015 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Muenzinger E214
Thursday  October 22, 2015 1:30 PM-4:00 PM Muenzinger E214
Monday November 9, 2015 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Gold A150
Tuesday  November 17, 2015 11:30 AM-2:00 PM Muenzinger E214
Thursday  December 3, 2015 9:00 AM-11:30 AM Muenzinger E214
Monday December 14, 2015 2:00 PM-4:30 PM Gold A250

All principal investigators with protocols and key personnel handling IACUC submissions or training should be on the listserv. If you need to be added to the IACUC listserv contact Richard Husser, Director, IACUC Office: or The basic IACUC training session covers regulatory requirements for the care and use of vertebrate animals in field and lab research, standard veterinary practices, and important occupational health information. The session lasts 2.5 hours. There is a short quiz at the end. If you don't know where to go to attend a training, please contact the IACUC Office and we can direct you.

Training links (optional for investigators looking for training to supplement)

  • CITI Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative. This website provides online animal training modules for CU employees. These are voluntary training modules for personnel involved in research with vertebrate animals.
  • OLAW training materials includes “Training in Survival Rodent Surgery”, “Training in Basic Biomethodology for Laboratory Mice”, and “Training in Basic Biomethodology for Laboratory Mice”
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