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 animals will be required to complete the "Animal Care Program Occupational Health Questionnaire" as part of the certification process.
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)
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.
"Individuals are required to watch the "Training in Survival Rodent Surgery" CD
Transgenic and Quarantine Room Training
Additional Animal Training Materials
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
PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (An excellent brief synopsis. A good source for IACUC members)