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Training Requirements for Personnel in the OUHSC Animal Care & Use Program


All personnel, including the Principal Investigator, involved with an IACUC protocol must submit evidence of training on the humane and scientifically acceptable use of animals. The TOPAZ original protocol submission form requires the most recent date(s) of completion for all relevant IACUC-approved training.  Training is provided through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Learning Library

All individuals listed on a protocol must complete the module entitled “Working with the IACUC: non-VA version” and any species-specific modules relevant to their laboratory activities.  The IACUC Office will verify that individuals have completed the required training and earned a passing grade on each module's associated course exam.  Effective October 8, 2014, each required training module must be taken at least once every three years.

The IACUC will not approve protocols until all individuals have satisfactorily completed the required training.  Upon successful completion of a training module, a certificate is created for the individual and the IACUC examines copies of these certificates during its semi-annual inspections of investigators’ laboratories.

In addition, IACUC Office receives notification from the Employee Health Office that the Animal Handler Health Questionnaire (AHHQ) has been approved.  Investigators and laboratory personnel must complete this form and submit it electronically to the OUHSC Employee Health Office to ensure that the individual does not have any health issues that would compromise his/her ability to work with animals and for respiratory protection clearance, if applicable.  After review, the Employee Health Office notifies the IACUC office by email that the individual is/is not cleared for working with animals.  This process was instituted in order to comply with current HIPAA regulations.

In order to ensure that students working in the various laboratories are aware of the pertinent animal care issues, the IACUC chair makes a special presentation to the incoming graduate students before they begin their laboratory rotations during the spring semester of their first year.  Other presentations are made at the beginning of the summer to high school and undergraduate students who will be working in the laboratories of the Health Sciences Center.  In all cases, the Principal Investigators are required to add any students working with animals to an approved IACUC protocol.  Students must demonstrate completion of the required online training courses listed above prior to working with animals.

 A link to the instructions for AALAS Learning Library is provided below and includes a link to the training website:

AALAS Training Registration and Use Instructions


The direct link to the training website is:



Please call the IACUC Coordinator at 271-7381 if you have any questions.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Biomedical Sciences Building - Room 101
(405) 271-7381

On Campus Mailing Address:
IACUC Office - BMSB 101

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