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THE INSTITUTIONAL ANIMAL CARE AND USE COMMITTEE (IACUC)

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL ANIMAL USERS

All personnel conducting procedures on live animals must be appropriately trained and qualified in those procedures. Refer to the IACUC Education and Training Policy for additional information.

Log into the UC Learning Center and type 'IACUC' in the search box to locate tutorials and hands-on training

STEP 1: Complete the MHS Questionnaire and BRER Online Training

(MHS) MEDICAL HEALTH SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE

  • All new and current UCSF employees/research personnel who have contact with animals in the course of their work are required to participate in baseline health screening procedures.
  • The MHS questionnaire has an annual component that must be completed at the time of annual protocol renewal. Once you have completed the initial MHS questionnaire, the annual component takes about 2 minutes to update. You will receive electronic reminders

If you are off-site or outside of the UCSF Network, please refer to the VPN instructions for accessing the MHS questionnaire from outside of the UCSF network.  Please contact the Public Health Office for any questions. Due to security and private health information, the MHS questionnaire can only be accessed from a UCSF computer or through VPN. 

(BRER) BASIC REGULATORY AND ETHICAL REQUIREMENTS - ONLINE TRAINING

  • All animal users must complete the BRER course(s) every three years.
    • BRER I is required for all personnel on a protocol.
    • BRER II is required for all personnel working with anesthetic agents and/or performing surgery or post-surgical care.
  • BRER I Test-out and BRER II Test-out options are available. If you choose to take the test-out option and do not pass, you must take the tutorial.
  • Mouse Cage Density Policy Training  is required for all personnel working with breeding colonies

RODENT BARRIER FACILITY TRAINING

  • This online tutorial must be completed by all new animal users requesting LARC facility access prior to attending an in-person facility orientation

STEP 2: HANDS-ON SPECIES SPECIFIC TRAINING

  • Species-specific training is required for all personnel that have less than one year of experience with that species and who will be in direct contact with animals.
  • Rodent Basic Handling Class course descriptions are available in the UC Learning Center.
    Occupational Health Training Requirements for Other Species:
  • Sheep users must complete the online tutorial: Q Fever Training as well as an in-person orientation. Contact TrainerIACUC@ucsf.edu to schedule an in-person orientation.
  • Old-World Primate (Macaque) users must complete the online tutorial: Herpes B Training as well as an in-person orientation. Contact TrainerIACUC@ucsf.edu to schedule an in-person orientation.
  • Other species: Contact the IACUC Training and Compliance unit at TrainerIACUC@ucsf.edu to learn of other species training requirements.

STEP 3: IN-PERSON FACILITY ORIENTATION FOR RODENT USERS

  • An in-person orientation must be completed in order to gain access to a specific rodent barrier facility.
  • The facility orientation will introduce entry/exit procedures, as well as describe how to work with rodents in the housing and procedure rooms.
  • All above trainings must be completed prior to this requirement.
  • An Animal Facility Access Form is needed to activate a proxy badge for facility access.

    PSB Facility Orientation is conducted weekly. Register for this orientation in the UC Learning Center, and search for PSB Facility Orientation. Orientation for other campus and non-rodent facilities: contact the IACUC office at TrainerIACUC@ucsf.edu for a list of contacts.

REQUIRED TRAINING FOR LAB STAFF WHO BREED MICE

  • The “Mouse Cage Density Policy Training” Module must be completed by all lab staff listed on an approved IACUC protocol that includes the breeding of mice.
  • This is a one-time-only training requirement.
  • This training is located in the UC Learning Center. You may use this direct link: IACUC Mouse Cage Density Policy Training or search for “IACUC Mouse Cage Density Policy” in the search box on the main UCLC page.
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ADDITIONAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Specialized Techniques Training is scheduled and conducted on an as-needed basis and includes topics such as oral gavage, tail vein injection, and submandibular blood collection. Please send scheduling requests to TrainerIACUC@ucsf.edu, and include the protocol number and your available dates and times.

Matchmaker Training can be coordinated for specific study techniques. Please submit your request to TrainerIACUC@ucsf.edu with a description of what techniques are needed.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions, please contact the IACUC Office at (415) 476-2197.