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.

Step 1: CITI Training


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.


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.


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. 


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

Step 2: Occupational Health and Safety Training

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:

  1. Review the following information regarding occupational health and safety:
  2. Complete department-specific occupational health and safety training.

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.

Additional Resources

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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