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Training

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.

IACUC ANIMAL TRAINING SCHEDULE for 2014 & 2015

Thursday

October 9, 2014

1:30 PM-4:00 PM

Room E214 Muenzinger

Wednesday

October 22, 2014

9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Room E214 Muenzinger

Tuesday

November 4, 2014

11:30 AM-2:00 PM

Room E214 Muenzinger

Wednesday 

November 19, 2014

9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Room E214 Muenzinger

Thursday 

December 4, 2014 1:30 PM-4:00 PM Room E214 Muenzinger
Monday December 15, 2014 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Room E214 Muenzinger
Monday  January 5, 2015 9:00 AM-11:30 AM Room E214 Muenzinger
Tuesday January 20, 2015 11:00 AM-1:30 PM Room E214 Muenzinger
Thursday February 5, 2015 1:30 PM-4:00 PM Room E214 Muenzinger
Friday  February 20, 2015 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Room E214 Muenzinger
Monday  March 2, 2015 9:00 AM-11:30 AM Room E214 Muenzinger
Tuesday March 17, 2015 9:30 AM-12:00 PM Room E214 Muenzinger
Friday  April 3, 2015 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Room E214 Muenzinger
Tuesday  April 21, 2015 9:30 AM-12:00 PM Room E214 Muenzinger
Monday May 4, 2015 9:00 AM-11:30 AM Room E214 Muenzinger
Tuesday May 19, 2015 11:00 AM-1:30 PM Room E214 Muenzinger

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: richard.husser@colorado.edu or iacucoffice@colorado.edu. 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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