IACUC Education and Training
All investigators and research personnel listed on an Animal Use Protocol submitted to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) are required to complete all applicable training courses prior to protocol approval.
Training is Mandated
The Animal Welfare Act Regulations (AWAR), the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals all stipulate that all personnel involved in animal research should be adequately trained.
Who Must Receive Training
In accordance with IACUC policy, all personnel conducting animal-based research must complete an investigator training course and verify their training, experience and skills in the care and use of the animals and techniques they are responsible for. Failure to assure the education component of our assurance is considered noncompliance, and has the potential to negatively affect funding opportunities for Louisiana State University faculty, staff, and students. It is the PI’s responsibility to ensure all individuals engaged in research have been added to an approved IACUC protocol and are appropriately trained to participate in protocol procedures.
Types of Training
AALAS Learning Library
The LSU IACUC has determined that appropriate training includes training not only in the procedures to be used, but also in the principles of animal use. The IACUC has determined that triennial testing via the AALAS Learning Library class “Working with the IACUC at LSU” provides the teaching and research staff with adequate training in the principles of humane animal use. A new protocol will not be approved until all personnel listed on the protocol have successfully completed the online training requirements.
To request enrollment instructions for the AALAS Learning Library, please complete the form below.
Animal Wet Lab Training
The Federal Animal Welfare Act, The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, as well as other regulations, require that persons working with laboratory animals must be trained and experienced. For example, the Guide 8th Ed. (p.15) states:
“All personnel involved with the care and use of animals must be adequately educated, trained, and/or qualified in basic principles of laboratory animal science to help ensure high-quality science and animal well-being.”
The wet lab will be conducted by a DLAM faculty or resident veterinarian or by an expert outside of DLAM with particular proficiency with the animal and procedure to be used.
To request animal wet lab training, please complete the form below.
Please complete the following form to request training. The AALAS Learning Library class "Working with the IACUC at LSU" must be completed prior to requesting animal wet lab training.
To request animal wet lab training, please complete the following form AFTER you have completed the online course "Working with the IACUC at LSU." A DLAM representative will contact you to schedule the training.
Principal Investigators may request exemption from wet lab training based on previous training and experience, as indicated on the animal care and use protocol. Investigators requesting exemption from wet lab training will submit in writing to the IACUC Manager, a signed request for exemption, describing in narrative format the training and experience of persons to be exempted. All request for exemption will be reviewed and a recommendation made to the IACUC by the Attending Veterinarian. Request should be emailed to IACUC@lsu.edu.