All personnel that will be working with laboratory animals must be listed on the IACUC Protocol and complete all necessary training and documentation.  The links below with provide you with information on the training procedures and requirements. These are listed in order of suggested completion.


1. Enrollment in the Occupational Health Program:

We care about the safety of all personnel working with or around laboratory animals. Therefore, it is important for these individuals to enroll in our Occupational Health Program.

  • Complete the Medical History Questionnaire form.
  • Acquire a copy of Td/Tdap Record.  Be sure to have an electronic copy ready to upload when filling out the form.
    • If a vaccination or mask fit test is needed, feel free to schedule an appointment with Priority Care 817-735-5051.

2. Completion of CITI Training Requirements:

In effort to help maintain a culture of compliance, we want to ensure that all personnel working with animals are aware of the regulations and guidelines that govern laboratory animal research, as well as, ensuring an understanding of the importance of maintaining animal welfare. Therefore, we require all personnel working with laboratory animals to complete the following online CITI training modules:

  • Required Courses:
    • Working with the IACUC (Investigators, Staff and Students)
    • Minimizing (Reducing) Pain and Distress
    • Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM)
    • Species Specific (based on species used, ask mentor if unknown)
      • For example, if working with mice, select “I work with Mice” or “Working with Mice in Research”
  • Additional Courses (based on work performed):
    • Antibody Production
    • Aseptic Surgery
    • Essentials for IACUC Members (IACUC Chairs, Members and Coordinators)
    • Refresher Course (reserved for special circumstances)
  • Other Information:

3. DLAM Policy & Handling Training:

In addition to the CITI Training, we have our in house training, which provides training for conducting laboratory animal research at UNTHSC.

  • Training Registration:
  • Required Courses:
    • DLAM Policy Training (Online Course)
      • You will receive an emailed invitation from Canvas to access this course
        • Go to Canvas
        • Click on the DLAM Course Card from the Dashboard
        • On the home page, click on Policy Training under the Trainings header
        • Complete each module for completion
    • DLAM Animal Handling Techniques Training
  • Additional Courses:
    • Aseptic Surgical Techniques Training (Canvas Online Course – see above)
      • Required for anyone performing procedures requiring aseptic handling (such as survival surgery)
    • BSL-2 Training (Canvas Online Course – see above)
      • Required for anyone working in BSL-2 areas
    • Surgery and Surgery Prep Room Setup
    • Donning Sterile Surgical Gloves: Video
    • How to Prepare a Surgery Site: Video
    • Isoflurane Anesthesia Machine: Setup and Training
    • Suture Information (All Species): Lab
    • Tail Vein Injection: Handout and Video
    • Tail Vein Blood Collection: Handout and Video
    • Eye Blood Collection in Mice
    • Cheek Pouch Blood Collection: Handout
    • Gavage Training: Handout and Video
    • Catheter Placement (All Species): Demonstration
    • IM, SQ, IP Injections: Demonstrations
    • Specific Surgery Procedures: Handout and Demonstrations

4. Key/Card Key Authorization Request Form:

  • In order to be granted access to DLAM controlled areas on campus, you must complete this form, obtain proper signatures, and submit for processing.
    • Complete Request Type, Date, and Employee Information
    • Sign Employee Signature space
    • Obtain the signature of your Department Head or PI (Department Head Signature)
    •  Submit to DLAM for building/room assignments and approval
    • Form will be reviewed and signed by appropriate DLAM personnel
    • You will be contacted when form is available for pickup (if dropped at office) or through email (if submitted electronically)
    • Take form to Access Control office in the UNTHSC Police Department or submit via e-mail, mail, intercampus mail, or in person
    • You will be notified to pick up any key (valid photo ID required for pickup)
    • If card key access problems occur, contact the Access Control office at 817-735-5040

5. Included on an Active Animal Care and Use Protocol:

Before being able to conduct any animal research, all personnel must receive the occupational health and training requirements listed above, and be included on an active animal care and use protocol. To do this, you may simply be listed on a new protocol form, or added to an existing protocol through an amendment form. You may find both of these forms on the forms section of the IACUC’s website.

Feel free to contact our IACUC office (817-735-2533; should you have any questions regarding the Occupational Health and Training Requirements.