Note: IACUC training should be renewed every three years, similar to the three-year renewal requirement for all research protocols and SOPs. The CITI training site offers a refresher course near the expiration date.

 

IACUC Training and Certification

UAA has contracted with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) for the IACUC training modules.  Additional modules specific to UAA research will be added to the CITI course as needed.

Directions to login to complete the IACUC training modules are as follows:

  1. Login page.  Register first, if you have not been on this site before.  It helps to write down your login information so you can return to the site and just login to complete training when you have time or for further training as necessary.
  2. Click on Add course or update your learning groups for University of Alaska Anchorage (in red)
  3. Click on Update Groups (in red)
  4. Scroll down to Question 2.  Check boxes that apply in the general and specific modules.
  5. Then click Continue button at the bottom of the page to complete the appropriate modules.
  6. Save the IACUC certificate upon completion for future reference or protocols.

This course fulfills the formal training requirement for UAA faculty, research associates, graduate students, undergraduate students, staff, part-time help, summer interns or externs, etc. - anyone working with live vertebrates in a research, teaching, or diagnostic setting. This formal training requirement is described in the Animal Welfare Regulations and Public Health Service Policy governing the use of live vertebrates and is incorporated into the University of Alaska Anchorage Animal Care Program. Please be aware that certain activities or procedures may require demonstration of competence or additional hands-on training. This may be arranged through the UAA Attending Veterinarian.

The primary goal of this course is to promote a sensitivity and concern for the needs of the research animal and to ensure that optimal care is provided. Not only is this required under a wide range of regulations and guidelines, but the proper housing and handling of vertebrates with a focus on the reduction of pain and distress will ultimately lead to better results in research, teaching or diagnostics. You are welcome to take the entire course.  However, many individuals only take the specific modules and subsections that pertain to their own needs. 

All protocols reviewed by the IACUC will require completion of specific modules.  No individual may conduct or participate in any activity involving live vertebrates until they have completed the appropriate modules and training. It is the principal investigator or instructor's responsibility to ensure that all individuals involved in their research or course receives proper training.   

Any problems with the IACUC training site should be reported to the Research Compliance Office at 786-1099.