Maintaining a comprehensive training and education program is essential to the University’s ongoing commitment to sustained excellence and compassion in animal care and use.
Accordingly, all personnel who work with animals in either research, testing, or teaching receive training in the proper care and use of research animals PRIOR to beginning their work.
To ensure that procedures are conducted by experienced and qualified personnel, and that the highest animal welfare standards are maintained at all times, the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) requires that certain animal care and use training courses be completed based on the specific tasks listed in an animal use protocol.
Personnel are Added to a New Personnel Amendment or New Animal Use Protocol.
The Principal Investigator (PI) will assign roles for all personnel and update the animal handling details of the animal use protocol. As part of this assignment, the PI will determine the tasks that personnel will perform. This step is a prerequisite to accessing animal care and use training in MLearning.
MLearning Training is Assigned.
Based on the animal handling details provided by the PI in the protocol, MLearning will create a specific Learning Plan for each individual to complete their IACUC-required animal care and use training.
Receive an MLearning Email Notification that Training is Ready.
Personnel required to complete animal care and use training will receive an email from MLearning that details how to log in to the system and what courses they must complete in order to remain on their assigned protocol.
Complete IACUC-Required Training.
Online training courses are due upon receipt of the MLearning email in order to be approved to protocol by the IACUC. In-person training, including lectures and workshops, are due within 60 days of assignment in order to remain on the protocol.
Failure to complete any training requirements by the specified timelines will result in a report to the IACUC for training non-compliance. Learn more about possible IACUC responses to issues of non-compliance by reviewing U-M’s Policy on Non-Compliance.
The Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine also requires additional training to be completed before access to ULAM-managed housing areas can be granted. Additional details on these training requirements can be found on the Animal Housing Access page.
Our multi-faceted animal care and use training program also includes:
Systems Training: The University uses multiple web-based, interactive systems for managing animal use protocols and delivering required training on a variety of subjects pertaining to animal care and use. All individuals who work with animals at the U-M will be required to access these systems in order to complete their work and/or requisite training.
Continuing Education: In addition to providing IACUC-required training, our program also encourages personnel to further their education by signing up for additional training courses in animal care and use. Instruction is offered on a variety of topics, including dosing and administration methods, blood and sample collection techniques, and more.
Veterinary Education Programs: Our Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM), one of the nation’s oldest and most recognized programs for training laboratory animal veterinarians, offers a variety of educational opportunities for veterinarians and veterinary students, including veterinary clinical externships, student summer fellowships, and a postdoctoral clinical training program.
In order to meet the needs of the University’s research community and maintain full program compliance, training content and materials are continually evaluated and refined to assure that all information is current, accurate, and meets or exceeds all standards and guidelines.