University Safety and Assurances

Animal Care Program Training

Training Policy for Individuals Using Vertebrate Animals

Personnel intending to handle vertebrate animals need to contact Dr. Berri Forman to arrange for training prior to handling the animals. Training sessions last around 30 minutes. Individuals must then complete and pass an exam based on the training manual in order to be placed on the list of "certified" animal users at UWM.

Individuals will receive the brochure on "Occupational Health Program for Personnel with Laboratory Animal Contact. Individuals exposed to allergens will also receive the "Laboratory Animal Allergies" brochure. Individuals who handle mammals or birds will be required to complete the "Animal Care Program Occupational Health Questionnaire" as part of the certification process.

Training Manual

Guide to the Responsible Care and Use of Laboratory Animals at UWM

Exams

Online Certification Exam

Training Policy for Using Live Animals in Teaching Classes or for Observational Studies

A long and short version of a training hand-out entitled "Use of Live Animals in Teaching Classes and Observational Field Studies" is available for the purpose of training students in teaching classes and individuals participating in observational field studies about the animal care program.

UWM personnel who teach field classes or conduct observational research are required to go through the certification process listed above. All instructors and teaching assistants should also be familiar with the long version of "Use of Live Animals in Teaching Classes and Observational Field Studies". The short version should be incorporated into the class syllabus. The use of these forms of training will make it unnecessary for students in teaching classes and individuals participating in observational field studies to complete the regular training program and the certification exam.

Non-UWM personnel who teach field courses or conduct observational research on UWM property are required to review the long version of the "Use of Live Animals in Teaching Classes and Observational Field Studies" and complete the on-line exam.

The long and short training versions direct individuals to the animal care program's website, which has information on minimizing risks, including allergies, in working with animals under "Occupational Health and Safety". All individuals who may be at risk, i.e. anyone handling animals or coming into close contact with them, should be directed to review this information.

Use of Live Animals in Teaching and Observational Field Studies (Long version for instructors and teaching assistants)

Use of Live Animals in Teaching and Observational Field Studies (Short version to be incorporated into class syllabus)

Quiz for Teaching/Observational Field Studies (for non-UWM personnel)

Facilities Training

All individuals who use animals in ARC facilities will also receive facilities training.  This includes a tour of the facility and explanation of the animal care procedures for each lab's specific animal holding room.

Surgical Training

"Individuals are required to watch the "Training in Survival Rodent Surgery" CD

Procedures for Rodent or Avian Major Survival Surgery

Glove Removal and Disposal Technique

Postoperative Policy for Mammals and Birds

Transgenic and Quarantine Room Training

Germ Theory of Disease

Microisolation Cages

Video Clip of Exiting Quarantine Room

Video Clip of Entering Transgenic or Barrier Room

Video Clip of Exiting a Trangenic or Barrier Room

Training for Large Group Presentations

Animal Care Program Training PowerPoint<

Additional Animal Training Materials

Amphibians

Birds

Mice (Mus musculus)

Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Reptiles

Rats (Rattus norvegicus)

Animal handling procedure videos and textbooks and periodicals are available to all personnel through Dr. Forman. Further specific training can always be provided by Dr. Forman or the Lab Animal Manager

Fish Health presentation from Growing Power Conference

Sept. 10th, 2010

Additional Resources:

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: Training Information and Resources

IACUC Training and Learning Consortium

PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (An excellent brief synopsis. A good source for IACUC members)