Annual Reminder About Observers, Students in a Classroom Setting, and Other Short-Term Personnel

October 4, 2022

Screenshot of QR Sheet for Students & Short-Term Personnel with sticky note reminder to review and share documentAlthough short-term personnel, including students in a classroom setting, and observers may not be required to complete certain mandatory training requirements, all individuals involved with the Animal Care & Use Program must be kept apprised of important obligations related to responsible research conduct, occupational health and safety, and the humane, judicious use of animals in research and instruction.

Our Program has developed a Quick Reference Sheet – available on the Animal Care A-Z website – to provide basic information about the care and use of animals at the University, including important information about:

  • Personnel requirements for working with animals,
  • How to work safely in and around animal facilities,
  • How to report animal welfare concerns, and
  • How to obtain veterinary care.

This sheet should be reviewed by all observers and short-term personnel, as defined by the Policy on the Classification and Expectations of Personnel Involved with Animal Activities. This includes individuals who are in a classroom where any animal(s) covered under an IACUC approved protocol may be present.

As outlined in the policy, observers may not handle animals and short-term personnel must work with animals under the supervision of ULAM personnel, the Principal Investigator, or another trained individual on the approved animal use protocol.


Questions about adding short-term personnel to an IACUC approved protocol should be directed to your Research Compliance Associate in the Animal Care & Use Office.