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Required training for staff involved in the use of animals in research

Personnel who participate in or supervise research that involves laboratory animals.

All personnel who participate in or supervise research that involves laboratory animals must complete "Working with the IACUC" at least every three years. Completion of "Working with the VA IACUC" before November 7, 2014, satisfies requirement until the completion certificate earned expires, three years after completion.

They must also complete at least every three years each species-specific course that is relevant to their work.

  • Working with Cats in Research Settings
  • Working with Dogs in Research Settings
  • Working with Rats in Research Settings
  • Working with Mice in Research Settings
  • Working with Guinea Pigs in Research Settings
  • Working with Rabbits in Research Settings
  • Working with Hamsters in Research Settings
  • Working with Gerbils in Research Settings
  • Working with Swine in Research Settings
  • Working with Non-Human Primates in Research Settings
  • Working with Amphibians in Research Settings
  • Working with Ferrets in Research Settings

If your station wants to utilize alternate training to satisfy VA training requirements, please contact the CVMO. The station will be asked to document how each item addressed in the CITI courses above will be covered in the alternate training. Education goals for web-based training will be considered met when personnel are able to pass an exam that covers important topics in the training. The exam must be of sufficient difficulty to provide some assurance that important concepts have been learned. Alternate training will only be acceptable if approved by the CVMO.

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IACUC Members and IACUC support staff (IACUC administrators, coordinators, etc.).

Personnel that serve on or provide support to either any VA Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) of record, regardless of whether it is an independent IACUC administered by the station itself, or it is an external committee hosted by another institution, must take the following web-based training at least every three years:

  • Essentials for IACUC Members

Training Exercises (optional).

The table below provides access to a library of the optional training exercises that have been developed by the Office of the CVMO and distributed periodically to the field. (Unless noted otherwise, the files below are in Word format.)

Exercise/Series Number

Title

Release Date

(original)

Description

4-2018

Protocol Documentation - Methods of Euthanasia

12/26/18

What makes a proposed method of euthanasia "acceptable"?

3-2018

Protocol Documentation - Relevance and Harm/Benefit Analysis

12/26/18

What is the ACORP really asking for in Item B?

2-2018

Reporting Noncompliance, Part II

6/6/18

What to do about reporting after the IACUC has investigated and made a determination about reportability

1-2018

Reporting Noncompliance, Part I

5/7/18

What to do about reporting when someone first notices something that might be noncompliant with regulatory requirements.

4-2017

Average Daily Census

12/15/17

Understanding the concept of "average daily census" and how to calculate it

3-2017

Animal use justification

10/31/17

Making sure that animal use protocols explain clearly why the use of animals is necessary

2-2017

USDA Annual Report

10/12/17

Ensure that animal numbers are reported accurately in the USDA Annual Report

1-2017

Cage Washer Safety

5/26/17

What to check for, to make sure that the cage washer can be used safely

4-2016

Protocol Expiration

12/28/16

What happens when an investigator accidentally allows his protocol to expire

3-2016

The NAM and NSM

12/22/16

Determine whether candidates for IACUC membership must be disqualified from serving in the role of NAM or NSM.

2-2016

Appendix 9 and Surgical Site Preparation

6/24/16

Practice deciding what to do about Appendix 9, with regard to preparation of a surgical site for a nonsurvival procedure

1-2016

Appendix 9 and Trio Breeding

6/24/16

Practice deciding what to do about Appendix 9, with regard to trio breeding

4-2015

Appendix 9 and Methods of Euthanasia

12/31/15

Practice deciding what to do about Appendix 9, with regard to methods of euthanasia

3-2015

Appendix 9 and Single Housing

12/24/15

Practice deciding what to do about Appendix 9, with regard to single housing

2-2015

VVC

5/20/15

A new method for approving significant changes to approved protocols, Veterinary Verification & Consultation.

1-2015

How Many Departures?

4/10/15

A protocol with multiple possible deviations and/or departures to address.

4-2014

Animal disposition

12/31/14

This exercise discusses the transfer of animals between two IACUC approved protocols and the concern an external accrediting agency identifies.

3-2014

MOUs

MOUs - a Story

10/29/14

Why it's important to have an MOU in place.

2-2014

Calculating CO2 Flow as Percent of Chamber Volume

7/7/14

How to calculate the flow meter readings (in L/min) that correspond to 10%-30% displacement of chamber volume per minute.

1-2014

Semiannual Evaluation Report

3/4/14

Reviews the rules about whose signatures are needed on the report of each semiannual evaluation.

4-2013

Rabbit Housing Deviation

12/30/13

Another look at Guide deviations and departures. This exercise has been reviewed and approved by OLAW.

3-2013

More about Guide Deviations and Departures

10/29/13

Four scenarios illustrating specifically established Guide exceptions and approved departures

2-2013

Rodent CO2 Euthanasia

5/21/13

Reviews the "dos" and "don'ts" of carbon dioxide euthanasia in rats.

1-2013

OLAW Annual Report

1/11/13

Reviews highlights of the webinar presented by OLAW in December 2012 on how to correctly complete and submit the new annual report form.

4-2012

Suspension, Termination, Stop (170 KB, PPT)

12/31/12

Reviews terminology, explains which entity has the authority to take these actions, and clarifies reporting requirements.

3-2012

Deviations and Departures (728, PPT)

12/26/12

Categorizing deviations and departures from the 8th Edition of the Guide can be challenging; this scenario reviews example cases, reporting requirements and flowcharts to aid the IACUC in making appropriate determinations.

2-2012

New Semiannual Evaluation Forms

o Part 1 - Checklist, Section A. Review of the Program

o Part 1 - Checklist, Section B. Inspection of the Facilities

o PART 2 - Table of Deficiencies and Departures

o PART 3 - Post-Review Documentation

5/10/12

The CVMO's Office has developed new semiannual evaluation forms to assist stations in complying with the 8th Edition of the Guide. The new forms reflect the new Guide's recommendations and recent modifications to VHA Handbook 1200.07.

1-2012

Rabbit Housing

2/29/12

This scenario uses the new space standards for rabbits as an example of the thought process that can be applied to addressing implementation of the 8th Edition of the Guide for other species.

4-2011

Overview of the 8th Edition of the Guide

12/1/11

Outlines the major topics in each new 8th Edition of the Guide chapter and notes new and/or expanded topics. New "must" statements are summarized in a table by chapter and page number.

3-2011

IACUC Composition

9/5/11

Poses the question of which nominees to the IACUC are eligible to fill the vacant lay member and nonaffiliated member positions.

2-2011

Pain & Distress Categories

Scenario, Reference

7/19/11

The IACUC must consider the potential for pain and distress in research studies. Assignment to the appropriate category is particularly challenging when working with animal models of chronic diseases.

1-2011

IACUC Minutes Content

5/17/11

IACUC minutes should accurately reflect attendance, committee activities, deliberations, and outcomes of discussions; the inclusion of extraneous information should be avoided.



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