Training in the Care and Use of Animals

  • A. School of Science Animal Care Facility

    Investigative staff must be adequately trained in animal handling, the procedure specified in the protocol research procedures, anesthesia, surgery, and euthanasia. The investigator must secure this training, and assistance may be sought through the Chair of the IACUC or IO. Training should be thorough and documented prior to the trainee being allowed to work with animals unsupervised.

    1. Mandatory Investigative Staff Training
    No member of a research team may participate in research without fulfilling certain educational and training requirements. The exact requirements depend upon the individual's previous training and experience - requirements vary with the individual based not only on prior experience, but also on the animal species and types of procedures to be used, housing or other special requirements. All those listed as members of a research team (e.g., the Principal Investigator, co-investigator(s), technicians, students, postdocs, etc. who will be involved in working with animals), must complete the following:

    • Review the SFU Animal Care and Use Policy and handbook.
    • Attend the general IACUC orientation session or complete the IACUC Basic Training module no less than every 3 years.  After review of this module, please complete the IACUC Basic Training Quiz and provide to instructor or drop off to the School of Sciences dean's office.

    2. Documenting Training
    The IO maintains a database by which it retains documentation that individuals have completed the training requirements. The IACUC also recommends that investigators keep curriculum vitae and resumes of staff working with animals on file to document applicable experience.


    B. IACUC Member Training

    All members of the IACUC receive training upon joining the committee. They are expected to attend a training session offered by the IO and Chair of the IACUC. In addition, they are expected to familiarize themselves with the regulations and with IACUC policies and procedures by reading relevant materials, and by attending the general IACUC orientation or completing the basic module training, and other training sessions as appropriate. In addition, IACUC members receive training in specific areas of animal care and use through the monthly IACUC meetings and through discussions of policy, procedure or scientific issues.