Proper training of personnel using animals for research is required by law. Various oversight bodies require that we have some sort of documented and continuous training program.
The IACUC has determined that the easiest way to fulfill these legal and regulatory requirements is to utilize the online training provided by AALAS, the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. They provide a series of courses, each with an exam. The system generates exams and will keep a record of exams passed. There is no penalty for failing an exam; you may take any exam as many times as are necessary in order to pass. The IACUC can access your exam records; thus, you do not need to keep a record yourself of the exams that you have completed, though you are of course welcome to print out any exam certificate at any time. Note that you can access your course transcript at any time from the "Personal Access" link after you have logged in (see below).
- Please go to http://www.aalaslearninglibrary.org/
- Existing Users. Enter in your user name and password and continue to Step 8. If you've forgotten your username or password, use the "forgot username or password?" link to reclaim your information.
- New Users. On the home page, click "Enroll Now".
- Select "Join a Group".
- Enter access code "540ThomasJeffersonUn"
- Choose a username and password; please keep a record of this login for later use.
- Enter the contact information requested. Please make sure that your email address is correct.
- When enrollment is complete, select Animal Care and Use Courses (under the Libraries link at the top of page).
- Select TJU's Mandatory track (topic) which best matches your course topic. Example: The course "Introduction to Mice" is found in the Mandatory Courses for Mice and Rat Protocols" track.
- Please note: If in the future you need to be provided with your username and password, please use the "forgot username or password?" link, which is adjacent to the login area. This utility emails you your username and password.
A) MANDATORY COURSES
- All PIs and all support personnel must complete "Working With the IACUC (non-VA version)."
- All PIs and all support personnel must complete the Introduction to Research Animal Methodologies course appropriate for the animal(s) used in all the AUPs upon which they are listed, unless no course exists for the species being used.
- All PIs and all support personnel must complete the course "Euthanasia of Research Animals."
- All PIs and all support personnel performing procedures that cause more than momentary pain or distress must complete the course, "Pain Recognition and Alleviation in Laboratory Animals."
- All PIs and all support personnel who are listed on protocols using mice must complete the Mouse Biomethodologies course "Working with the Laboratory Mouse."
- All PIs and all support personnel who are listed on protocols involving survival or non-survival surgery on mice or rats must complete the following courses:
- Aseptic Rodent Surgery
- Post-Procedure Care of Mice and Rats in Research: Minimizing Pain and Distress
- Inhalation Anesthesia Systems for Rodents
- All PIs and all support personnel who are listed on protocols involving the breeding of mice must complete the Mouse Biomethodology course "Mouse Breeding Colony Management."
- All PIs and all support personnel who are listed on protocols involving the use of dogs must complete the following Dog Biomethodology courses:
- Working with the Laboratory Dog: The Basics
- Working with the Laboratory Dog: Injections & Blood Collection
- All PIs and all support personnel who are listed on protocols utilizing primates must complete "Health Risks and Safety Procedures for Working with Nonhuman Primates."
B) RECOMMENDED COURSES
- All PIs and all support personnel are strongly encouraged to take the following courses on U.S. Regulations and Guidelines:
- Animal Welfare Act Regulations
- Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care & Use of Laboratory Animals
- Guide to the Care & Use of Laboratory Animals
- All PIs and all support personnel working with genetically engineered mice are encouraged to take the following courses:
- Genetically Engineered Mice: Historical Perspectives
- Genetically Engineered Mice: Evaluating the Phenotype
- Genetically Engineered Mice: Transgenesis/Conditional Control Systems
- All PIs and all support personnel working with dogs are encouraged to take the following courses:
- Working with the Laboratory Dog: Venous Catheterization
- Working with the Laboratory Dog: Urinary Catheterization
- Working with the Laboratory Dog: Endotracheal Intubation
The IACUC online training policy requires that all individuals working with animals complete the course "Refresher: Working with the IACUC (non-VA version)" every three years. Continued authority to work with animals is contingent upon meeting this requirement.
Hints for Completing Online Training
Note that you do not need to print out a completion certificate when you pass an exam. The IACUC office has access to the training records at AALAS and uses this access to update your training records.
You are not required to take a course before taking the exam. Especialy if you are an experienced animal researcher, it is quite possible to simply pass the exam. However, reading through the course can often reveal previously-unknown or forgotten information.
There is no penalty for failing an exam. One simply repeats the exam until a passing score is obtained. Thus, it can be useful to take an exam and use the questions that are missed as a guide for reviewing the course materials.
It is possible to open the course in one browser window and the exam in another, allowing one to use the exam to guide your examination of the course materials.