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Animal Use Training

Qualifications and experience in animal handling and methodology relevant to proposed research of investigators, staff and students are evaluated by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs). Training of individuals is provided in several ways.

1. Individual Training

Individuals using animals for the first time or employing unfamiliar techniques may be trained in procedures by the veterinary and technical staff of the Program of Veterinary Resources on an individual basis. Please see the table below for offered classes. Please email VRTraining@SOM.umaryland.edu with questions.

CoursesOffered
Getting Comfortable with Handling and Basic Principles of Animal Care Mondays and Thursdays
9:00am-10:00am
Mouse or Rat Basic Techniques course Mondays and Thursdays
10:00am-12:00pm
Mouse or Rat Intermediate Techniques course Mondays and Thursdays
10:00am-12:00pm
Mouse or Rat Advanced Techniques course Mondays and Thursdays
Times vary
Rodent Aseptic and Surgical Techniques course Mondays and Thursdays
9:00am-12:00pm

Training Request Form

2. Citi Program

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) is dedicated to serving the training needs of colleges and universities, healthcare institutions, technology and research organizations, and governmental agencies, as they foster integrity and professional advancement of their learners. There are courses for working with every research animal and more. For more information and instructions for creating an account, please visit the OAWA training page.  

3. Guidelines for Faculty, Staff and Students for Studies With Animals on Campus

The Office of Animal Welfare Assurance (OAWA) Guidelines page includes basic and appropriate procedures for common laboratory animal species. Also included are appendices of recommended analgesics, anesthetics and methods of euthanasia.

4. Personnel Performing Surgery

Individuals must have experience with the specific surgical procedure and in the species on which it will be performed. Training is often carried out by the principal investigator or other experienced persons in the laboratory. Training is also provided by the veterinary staff. Most surgery in large animals is carried out by MDs who are highly experienced in the particular procedure. IACUC may require the PI to receive training from the veterinary surgeons in Veterinary Resources in cases where there is concerned about the PI's experience in the specific surgery.

5. Personnel Performing Anesthesia

Individuals must be experienced with the use of the particular anesthetic and the species in which it will be used. Training may be provided by the principal investigator or the veterinary staff, or carried out directly by Veterinary Resources.

6. Personnel Carrying Out Euthanasia Procedures

Individuals must be experienced with the euthanasia procedure in the particular species. Training may be provided by the principal investigator or the veterinary staff.