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The use of animals in research, testing and education is subject to a multitude of laws, policies, regulations and standards. Two such laws/policies include the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the Public Health Service (PHS) policy, which require documentation that personnel are appropriately trained in animal care and use. This personnel includes principal investigators (PI), co-investigators (Co-I), research assistants/technicians, graduate/undergraduate student research assistants/workers, course instructors, animal care staff, and veterinary technicians utilizing animals in teaching or training protocols. To comply with these regulations, the University of Tennessee utilizes the following personnel training:

The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS): Working with the UT Knoxville IACUC Course

* Upon completion of the courses and exams, print the “Certificate of Completion” and maintain for personal records.

All persons using or caring for animals in research, testing or education at the University of Tennessee must complete the AALAS: Working with UT Knoxville IACUC and a yearly mandatory training as required by the IACUC.

The principal investigator (PI) is responsible for providing documentation that all personnel listed in a protocol have completed the required animal care and use training, and that the certificates of completion are included with the protocol when submitted, or that the certificates of completion are on file in the IACUC office. The PI is also responsible for downloading, reviewing the protocol with personnel and attaching to the protocol signed copies of all pertinent IACUC information sheets and guidelines for the proposed species and procedures included within the protocol.

The IACUC Coordinator or OLAC Office will notify the PI regarding any additional training modules deemed necessary by the IACUC prior to granting final approval of the protocol.

Accessing the Online Training Modules

The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS): Working with the UT Knoxville IACUC Course

** ACCESS CODE – IMMEDIATE ACCESS (Upon self-enrolling, the person has immediate access to a course/exam.)**

If you do not have a NetID, please ask your department representative to complete a Request to Sponsor a Person for OIT Services Form located on the OIT website at

  1. Go to
  2. On the home page,click on the “SUBSCRIBE” link in the right-hand side corner of the screen.
  3. The next screen will ask if you have an access code. Select “Yes” to proceed.
  4. Enter the code “UTKNOX” and select the “Submit” button.
  5. Enter your personal details and click the “Submit” button to continue.
  6. You will be automatically enrolled in the “Working with the IACUC” AALAS course. To access the course select “ASSIGNMENTS” in the right-hand corner of the screen and a drop-down menu will appear with the course option. Click on the “Working with the UT Knoxville IACUC” link to continue.
  7. Click the “Start” button to begin.
  8. Use the “Next” button to navigate through the lesson and the “Next Lesson” button to proceed to the next lesson.
  9. Click the “Take Exam” button to proceed to the exam.
  10. For questions or concerns, contact the IACUC Office at (865) 974-5547 or by email to

Please note: If in the future you need to be provided with your username and password, please use the “forgot username or password?” link, which is adjacent to the login area. This utility emails you your username and password.

Optional Training Modules

The following training modules are available on the AALAS website for viewing, and may be mandated by the IACUC in certain individual circumstances.

  • Post-Procedure Care of Mice and Rats in Research: Reducing Pain and Distress
  • Preparing an Animal Protocol for Research on Cats
  • Preparing an Animal Protocol for Research on Dogs
  • Preparing an Animal Protocol for Research on Gerbils
  • Preparing an Animal Protocol for Research on Guinea Pigs
  • Preparing an Animal Protocol for Research on Mice
  • Preparing an Animal Protocol for Research on Rabbits
  • Preparing an Animal Protocol for Research on Rats
  • Streaming Videotape (Video CD) – Working with the Laboratory Dog
  • Streaming Videotape – Working Safely with Non-Human Primates
  • Working with the Laboratory Dog CD-ROM: Basic and Advanced Lessons

In addition, the Office of Laboratory Animal Care (OLAC) can be contacted for hands-on and/or wet lab training for various species.

Training for IACUC Members

Prior to performing IACUC duties or voting on proposals submitted to the IACUC, members must complete the following three training items:

Members will document this training by taking the associated exams and printing a certificate of completion to be placed on file (training database) with the IACUC Coordinator.

In addition to the above training materials, a general introductory meeting with the IACUC Chair, the Attending Veterinarian and the IACUC Coordinator will be required prior to performing IACUC duties.

Once IACUC members have completed the mandatory training, the IACUC Chair will pair them with experienced IACUC members who will serve as their mentor.

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