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IACUC Required Training

CITI Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative

All individuals engaged in laboratory animal research at the University of Maryland Baltimore, or under the oversight of the UM SOM IACUC, are required to complete CITI training.    This training requirement is in accordance with the policies and guidelines set forth in the "Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals", the 8th Edition of the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals", and the USDA Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations.

The CITI Animal Care and Use Courses meet United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) requirements for basic training in the humane care and use of animals.   CITI is a well-respected, web-based training product that was designed by, and is updated and maintained by, a number of nationally known research professionals.  CITI is based at the University of Miami.  It is designed around topic-specific modules, each followed by a short quiz.  The core courses will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete, while each specialized species or model specific course will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete.  Please note that the courses do not have to be completed in one sitting.  CITI is user-friendly and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

The CITI Animal Care and Use Curriculum includes:

Core Courses:

  • Working with the IACUC for Investigators, Staff & Students
  • Essentials for IACUC Members

Specialized Species or Model Specific Courses:

  • Working with Mice in Research Settings
  • Working with Rats in Research Settings
  • Working with Guinea Pigs in Research Settings
  • Working with Hamsters in Research Settings
  • Working with Gerbils in Research Settings
  • Working with Ferrets in Research Settings
  • Working with Rabbits in Research Settings
  • Working with Cats in Research Settings
  • Working with Dogs in Research Settings
  • Working With Swine in Research Settings
  • Working With Nonhuman Primates in Research Settings
  • Working with Fish in Research Settings
  • Working with Zebrafish in Research Settings
  • Working with Amphibians in a Research Setting

Other CITI Lab Animal Courses:

  • Aseptic Surgery
  • Reducing Pain & Distress in Lab Mice & Rats
  • Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM)
  • Institutional Official: Animal Care & Use
  • IACUC Community Member

Training Requirements:

Individual / Laboratory / Departmental IACUC Training

Individual, laboratory or departmental IACUC training is available upon request.  OAWA Staff or the IACUC Chair are available to present the following training:

  • Introductory overview of the IACUC and the current regulatory environment
  • Preparing Your Lab and Staff for an IACUC, PAM, or AAALAC Review
  • Preparing an Animal Use Protocol
  • Topic specific training is also available upon request.

Please contact the OAWA to request / schedule any of these trainings by phone (6-4734 or 6-4365) or by .

IACUC Resource Library

The Office of Animal Welfare Assurance maintains a resource library available to all university employees consisting of periodicals, regulatory guidance documents, and regulatory conference proceedings / educational resources.