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 classes 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) assigns roles and updates animal handling details according to the tasks that personnel will perform on the animal use protocol. This step is a prerequisite to accessing animal care and use training in MLearning.
Animal Care and Use Training is Assigned in MLearning.
Based on the animal handling details, MLearning creates a specific Learning Plan containing IACUC required animal care and use training. An email notification is sent with instructions for logging in to MLearning, or individuals may check their Learning Plan for updates after being added to a new amendment or protocol.
Complete IACUC Required Onboarding Training.
Personnel have initial training requirements to complete when new tasks are assigned in their animal handling details. Online training is due within 10 days of assignment in order to be approved to protocol by the IACUC. In-person training, including lectures and workshops, is due within 60 days of assignment to remain on protocol.
Complete IACUC Continuing Education Training.
Online training classes expire every three years, keeping research personnel well-informed of advancements and updates to U-M's Animal Care & Use Program. Personnel receive an email notification when training is coming due.
|Principal Investigators and designated Laboratory Contacts are encouraged to monitor
IACUC training requirements for their protocol through Protocol Training Reports in eRAM.
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 & Supplemental Training: In addition to providing IACUC required training, our program also encourages personnel to further their education by signing up for additional training 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.