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 two primary types of personnel training:
- The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS): Working with the IACUC Course – (The host site, AALAS removed the “Working with the UT Knoxville IACUC,” so the only option available is “Working with the IACUC.”)
- The Introductory Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) Video Module (for Tennessee Research and Education Center personnel)
* Upon completion of the courses and exams, print the “Certificate of Completion” and send a copy to the IACUC office.
All persons using or caring for animals in research, testing or education at the University of Tennessee must complete item number 1 (AALAS: Working with IACUC) and those working with large animals (cattle, sheep, swine, goat, camelids, and equines) must complete both items 1 and 2 (AALAS & FASS training).
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
** ACCESS CODE – IMMEDIATE ACCESS (Upon self-enrolling, the person has immediate access to a course/exam.)**
- Please go to http://www.aalaslearninglibrary.org/
- On the home page, click “Enroll Now”.
- Choose the first bullet “Myself ….using an Access Code”. The Access Code is “UTKNOX”. You will not need to purchase the course.
- Choose a username and password; please keep a record of this login for later use. If you forget or lose it, we can retrieve this information for you.
- Enter the contact information requested. Please provide a valid email address. You can use your UTK email address or a Gmail, Yahoo or other email address. There are some required fields in the registration form for which you may provide the following information. You may use your actual address or you may use: 2431 Joe Johnson Drive, Knoxville TN. 37996. If you do not want to enter your cell phone number, enter the phone number 865-974-5547.
- When enrollment is complete, click on the Library tab at the top of the page. Select “Animal Care and Use Courses”, then “Free Courses”.
- Select “Compliance and IACUC Training”; then select the course titled “Working with the IACUC: non-VA version”
- Print the certificate of completion. Retain a copy and give a copy to your PI or facility manager for their records.
- If you have any problems, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Please go to https://extol.tennessee.edu/workforce-learning/login/index.php
- UT employees and students must enter their Net ID and password
- Find the online program titled “Introduction to the Ag Guide” in the online program catalog and enroll by clicking on its title.
- Click on Request Access to Videos and Exam
- Complete the brief questionnaire
- After you are given access to the FASS videos, completely view each of these in the order presented.
- Complete the exam and print the certificate upon completion
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
The following training materials on exotic species (videos) are available from the Ag/Vet Medicine Library. They may be mandated by the AV or the IACUC in certain individual circumstances.
- Restraint and handling of the bird. Handling – safety measures; immobilization; behavior
- Restraint and handling of the bird – special groups. Immobilization, captive wild birds
- Reptiles. Reptiles as laboratory animals; immobilization; euthanasia
- Restraint and handling of the reptile – snakes. Handling; safety measures; immobilization; behavior; poisonous snake behavior
- Restraint and handling of the reptile. Crocodilians, chelonians and lizards. Turtles – handling; immobilization; Crocodilians – handling; Lizards – handling
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:
- Working with the IACUC Course
- Essentials for IACUC Members
- The Introductory Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) Video Module
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.