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Washington State University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

IACUC Training

All individuals involved in research, teaching, training, and production using live vertebrate animals must undergo training. Appropriate, standard, training by qualified personnel is mandated by federal regulations.



Mandatory Training for All Personnel on an IACUC Protocol

Personnel are to be approved to work under a protocol prior to beginning working with animals per Policy #20. Please submit the proper forms to the Animal Welfare Program to request a personnel addition.

WSU IACUC’s training addresses the minimum federal requirements through these mandatory sessions:

Principles of Animal Care (PAC)

Provides the necessary beginning information regarding the ethics and use of animal species models for research and teaching. All individuals listed on protocols must complete this training. Refresher courses must be completed every 3 years by all active personnel.

To enroll, email Animal Welfare Program or call at (509) 335-5353.

Occupational Health Training—Animals (OHT-A)

Provides risk assessment and health protection information for personnel working with animals. Retraining must be completed every 3 years if you are active personnel.  Personnel are only required to take the training for the species associated with the protocols they will be working under.

To access OHT-A training, log into MyResearch and hover the mouse over “Compliance”, then “IACUC”, and click on “OHT-A Training”. You can also click on the following link: Start OHT-A Training.

*If you have difficulty accessing MyResearch, please contact your home department’s fiscal manager/analyst.

Non-WSU Personnel

Non-WSU personnel can be added to protocols the same way as WSU personnel, but complete training for OHT-A differently. After submitting the request to add a Non-WSU personnel via the forms, the Animal Welfare Program will contact the personnel via email with instructions.

Mandatory Training for Surgical Procedures

Aseptic surgical technique

Aseptic Surgical Technique training requirement applies to:

  • Personnel with the functional role marked “Surgery” on the ASAF form
  • New and 3-year renewal protocols approved after 1/4/2016
  • Amendments adding personnel, after 1/4/2016
  • Survival surgery (Also non-survival surgery of extended duration)
1. Aseptic Surgical Technique Online (AST-O)

AST-O is the online course offered on AALAS Learning Library website. To enroll, please email Animal Welfare Program.

It is required for personnel approval on a protocol performing surgery, and it is a prerequisite for enrolling in the hands-on workshop (AST-H).

**Board-certified surgeons working within their specialty may request an exemption.**

2. Aseptic Surgical Technique- Hands-on (AST-H)

AST-H is the hands-on workshop. To enroll, please email the Office of the Campus Vet at (509) 335-6246.

**DVM, LVT, MD, and RN may request an exemption.**


AST-H must be completed within 90 days after being approved on a protocol. Reminders will be sent, if AST-H training is incomplete 90 days after the personnel is approved on the protocol, they may not perform surgical procedures. The individual, the PI, and the Animal Welfare Program will be notified.

Office of the Campus Veterinarian offers standard, hands-on training for all procedures listed on the protocol.
Workshops are available at Lab Animal Resources Training room (Grimes Way) or may also be scheduled at your building/surgery area.
Researchers with surgical experience may request an observational assessment of surgical procedure in place of the AST-H workshop.

Mandatory Training for Satellite Housing Locations

Satellite Animal Housing Location Training (SAHLT)

Provides training for Principal Investigators and personnel who manage their own animal housing areas as stated in the WSU Policy #1. Any area where WSU animals are housed for more than 12 hours is considered an Animal Housing area. This training is required as part of the approval process for those who fall under Policy #1.

To enroll in the online course, email Animal Welfare Program or call at (509) 335-5353.

**Hands-on training on the Animal Care Plan for your satellite location must be documented by the Campus Veterinarian, PI or designee. Please email the Office of the Campus Vet or call at (509) 335-6246 if you have any questions.

Other Training

Hands-on training

The Office of the Campus Veterinarian (OCV) offers comprehensive hands-on training for investigators, post docs, students, and staff. Please see the Hands-on Training Workshops Page for more details.

CITI training

Species specific training and other courses are available for free online on CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) training program. The online courses complement hands-on training. The IACUC offers a list of suggested training modules.

AALAS Learning Library training

Species specific training and other courses are available for free online on the AALAS Learning Library. To enroll, please contact the Animal Welfare Program. The online courses complement hands-on training.

New PI orientation

Investigators new to the institution and working with live vertebrate animals are encouraged to attend an orientation with the Animal Welfare Program. This orientation will provide the PI with information regarding the functioning of WSU IACUC, processes, and policies. This is a friendly and cordial introduction to the IACUC and it will be a good time to have all your questions regarding the process answered. The new PI orientation is scheduled at the convenience of the PI and can be conducted in person or via phone.

New animal manager training

New animal managers are strongly encouraged to complete the online training for understanding the functions and responsibilities of their position. To access the online Animal Manager Training, log into MyResearch and hover the mouse over “Training”, then click on “Available training”. Contact the Animal Welfare Program if you have any questions or issues.

Compassion fatigue training for caregivers

Animal Caregiver Training (ACT) is available for all animal caregivers. This training is essential to understand the cumulative toll that this role takes on individuals who care for animals. This information sheet (pdf) provides the overview. You are strongly encouraged to read the training presentation, which addresses issues surrounding caregiving for animals in teaching and research settings. If you experience any of the feelings described, please feel free to use the resources at the end of the presentation.

If you do not see listed a training program that is required by your lab, please contact the Animal Welfare Program with your requirements. Other types of training can be provided if specific labs require it. If you have a need that is not being currently addressed in any of the programs offered, please contact the Animal Welfare Program or OCV.