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IACUC Training Resources

The IACUC, as mandated by federal law, requires that specific training modules be completed prior to working on animal use protocols.

You must complete each of the following training steps prior to starting work with animals. Failure to complete any of the training below will result in non-compliance, and your protocol application will not be approved. The IACUC will verify completion prior to approving any animal use protocol.

IACUC Training Steps

Step 1: CITI Training

Requirement

Any person working on an animal use protocol is required to complete CITI training prior to beginning work on the approved protocol. This extends to Principal Investigators and all laboratory personnel.

Format

Each course contains a set of core modules and a set of electives. Each module consists of written material, followed by a short quiz. Training is self-directed, but typically can be finished in less than one day.

Cost

Liberty University has partnered with CITI to provide courses free to affiliated individuals. However, there are fees for participants wishing to obtain continuing education credits. 

Enrollment

To begin taking CITI courses, you need to create a login. The IACUC has provided login instructions below for help with this process. If you have any questions, please contact the IACUC at iacuc@liberty.edu.

To enroll and begin taking courses, visit CITI's Website

Login Instructions:

 

Step 2: Occupational Health and Safety Training & Program Enrollment

The Liberty University IACUC has developed Occupational Health and Safety Training intended to identify risks, implement safety controls, and provide preventative training for animal use personnel.

All LU animal use personnel must:

Personnel on federally funded animal protocols must enroll in the Occupational Health & Safety Program. All other personnel is encouraged to participate in this program:

Occupational Health & Safety Program

As stated in the Guide, Liberty University “must establish and maintain an occupational health and safety program (OHSP) as an essential part of the overall program of animal care and use” (the Guide, p. 17). If a protocol receives federal funding (e.g., an NIH award or sub-award), all personnel associated with the protocol MUST complete this step to be approved by the IACUC to work with animals. This requirement will be grandfathered in on all new protocols and three-year protocol renewals.

To enroll in the Occupational Health and Safety Program and fulfill this requirement:

  • Download and complete the health screening form.
  • Once completed, submit your health screening form directly to HealthWorks. Do not submit these forms to the IACUC or the Research Ethics Office. Forms can be submitted to HealthWorks by secure email or by regular mail.

If submitting via email, please contact HealthWorks to obtain the proper email address:

Occupational Medicine & Work Recovery Center
Centra Lynchburg Medical Center

125 Nationwide Drive, 2nd Floor
Lynchburg, VA 24502

(434) 200-6933
(434) 200-6934 (fax)

After a HealthWorks provider has reviewed your form, HealthWorks will send the IACUC a copy of the clearance portion of the form to verify that you have successfully completed enrollment in the Occupational Health & Safety Program. HealthWorks will retain the remainder of the form for their records. Assuming you have been cleared by HealthWorks to work with animals, the IACUC will then add you to the protocol.

There is a fee to have health screening forms reviewed by HealthWorks. Any charges are the responsibility of the researcher’s department. In-person visits are not typically required; however, a visit may be necessary if the provider(s) identify any risks or need to run additional tests/diagnostic procedures to assess an individual’s ability to safely work with animals. Additional charges for in-person visits may apply. The IACUC will not be responsible for covering the cost of any additional services.

Step 3: Liberty University & Department Specific Training

Additional training may be required or provided by your department or lab, depending on the nature of the work being performed, and the species of animal(s) being used. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to ensure that this training is provided, as required.


Health & Safety Information

Additional health and safety information is provided below for reference:


Short-Term Researcher Training

Short-term researchers must complete the necessary training steps above prior to beginning work with animals.


American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines

The AVMA routinely publishes acceptable standards and guidelines for the proper euthanasia of animals. Review the most current guidelines by following the link below:

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