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Animal Care & Use Bloomington

Personnel Requirements

All personnel named on new or renewing animal use protocols, on annual reviews, and on amendments, must meet the following requirements before they can be approved to work on any study involving animals.

1. BIACUC Training Requirement at the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

All investigators and research staff are  required to complete basic on-line training and test modules at the
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Required courses include:

  • Investigators, Staff, and Students, Basic Course
  • Species specific modules appropriate to the study (rat, rabbit, mouse, etc.)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Training for Personnel Working with Research Animals

2. Enroll in the Occupational Health and Safety Program for Personnel with Animal Exposure

  • Complete the External Link IU Animal Researcher Survey (Select Animal Researcher Survey) AND
  • Receive clearance to work with animals from IU Health (do not confuse with the IU Health Center).

For detailed instructions on taking the CITI courses and enrolling in the OHS program, download the instruction sheet below:

3. Training in Aseptic Surgical Technique

All lab personnel performing, assisting, teaching, or supervising surgeries must complete training in basic surgical technique with an IUB veterinarian. New personnel added to protocols must complete this training before they participate in any surgeries. Surgery training need not be completed before a person is added to a protocol; only before they participate in surgery.

Contact Dr. Randalyn Shepherd, the clinical veterinarian, at or (812) 855-2356, to schedule surgery training.

Exemptions – Principal investigators and post-doctoral fellows may petition for a surgery training waiver. If you feel that you are qualified to perform surgeries without further training, send an email to the BIACUC office via the email listed under 'Contact us' to the left of this page, stating that you are requesting a waiver and detailing your experience in aseptic surgery. Include the species with which you are experienced. Your request will be reviewed by the committee. Please note that requesting an exemption in no way guarantees an exemption will be granted. You will be notified by email of the outcome of your request within two weeks of the request. Students, graduate and undergraduate, who will participate in surgeries must complete the training and may not petition for a surgery training waiver.

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