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IACUC Required Training

CITI Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative

The Office of Animal Welfare Assurance (OAWA) requires all individuals engaged in laboratory animal research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine 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 "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals", and the USDA Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations.

Ongoing education and training in the humane care and use of laboratory animals is a federal requirement. Enhanced oversight by federal regulatory agencies and best practice standards has required actions to strengthen the training components of the SOM’s animal care and use program.

The CITI Laboratory Animal Welfare Courses meet the federal (USDA, OLAW) requirements for basic training in the humane care and use of laboratory 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 and is housed 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 any time, any day.

The CITI Laboratory Animal Welfare Curriculum includes:

  • Core Courses:
    • "Working with the IACUC"
    • "Essentials for IACUC Members"

  • Specialized Species or Model Specific Courses:
    • Working with Amphibians in a Research Setting
    • Working with Mice in Research Settings
    • Working with Rats in Research Settings
    • Working with Hamsters in Research Settings
    • Working with Gerbils in Research Settings
    • Working with Guinea Pigs 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

  • Refresher Courses (to be completed at least once every three years)

Training Requirements:

  • If you are a PI or work with laboratory animals, you must complete the "Working with the IACUC" course and the appropriate species-specific course for each species you work with.

  • If you are an IACUC member, you must complete the "Essentials for IACUC Members" course.

  • If you are an IACUC staff member, you must complete ALL courses.

  • CITI Registration Instructions for New Users
    **IMPORTANT – Please print and review these instructions before you register as a new user.**  

  • CITI Registration Instructions for Current Users
    (e.g., anyone currently conducting human subjects research)  

  • CITI Training Log In 

Individual / Departmental IACUC Training

Individual or departmental IACUC training is available upon request. The OAWA / IACUC Director and/or Chairman will present an introductory overview of the IACUC allowing ample time for questions and answers. Topic specific training is also available upon request.

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.