Animal Care and Use Training

Animal Care and Use Training at the University of Maryland, College Park, consists of didactic and hands-on training covering a variety of topics and procedures. Training is designed to address core topics required by the federal animal welfare regulations and to help develop basic skills and proficiencies required for proper animal care and protocol support.

The IACUC Standard on local Animal Care and Use Training Requirements describes required and recommended training based on your role. The Animal Care and Use Training Calendar below shows current course offerings.

The animal care and use training program is currently undergoing major revisions. Redesigned course format and content will be available starting early 2022. For questions about animal care and use training, or to register for Initial or Refresher PI/Animal User training, contact a DLAR or IACUC trainer.

Initial PI/Animal User training is required for animal care and research personnel BEFORE starting work in an animal facility or being added to an animal use protocol. (Enrollment in Occupational Health and corresponding animal handler clearance is also required before working in an animal facility or being added to a protocol.) Refresher PI/Animal User training is required every three years.

Register for PI/Animal User Training by clicking here, or clicking the link in the calendar entry description below.

The AALAS Learning Library (ALL) offers an incredible array of online courses designed for laboratory animal sciences professionals. DLAR covers your membership fees to the ALL. Contact DLAR to request an online account to the ALL. View the ALL Course Catalog here.

Once initial PI/Animal User training and Animal Handler Clearance are complete, and you have been added to a protocol, you may request Animal Facility Orientation training (facility orientation training is required before badge access will be granted to the animal facilities). You may also request hands-on training for basic animal handling and technical procedures. To request Animal Facility Orientation or animal handling and techniques training, complete the Animal Training Questionnaire.

Once you have completed Animal Facility Orientation training, your Principal Investigator may request animal facility access.

For additional information on the Animal Care and Use Training at UMCP, please visit our FAQs.


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