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Training and Development

COVID-19 Update: 

All in-person training sessions are being scheduled as needed, either as one-on-one or very small group sessions.   Virtual live sessions and self-paced videos are available and session availability can be found on CRS (see below on how to access CRS). 

Training and Education

The Rutgers University Comparative Medicine Resources (CMR) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has a required education program that must be completed by all personnel who work with animals in either research, testing, or teaching (faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and contract personnel). 

To be in compliance with federal regulations and accreditation requirements, all personnel must be appropriately trained prior to beginning work with the animals. The training program is essential to the success of Rutgers’ research program by ensuring continued excellence in animal care and welfare. It ensures that those working with animals are knowledgeable in policies and proficient in procedures. 

Training information and records can be accessed through eIACUC, Rutgers’ online protocol system. 

  • New employees - access eIACUC using your Rutgers NetID and password.
  • Students - log in once to register, using your NetID and password.

If you need to activate your NetID, please visit: Rutgers NetID Management & Service Activation

Visiting Collaborators or Guest Researchers:

Information on how to apply for a Guest NetID can be found here: Guest NetIDs and Accounts - Information Technology (

Course Registration System (CRS) 

CRS allows personnel to view the schedule and register for training sessions. There are in-person sessions, virtual sessions, and self-paced video trainings available.  CRS can be accessed by logging into eIACUC and clicking on the CRS link on the left-hand side of eIACUC home. 

Within CRS, select the red “Animal Care Training” tab at the top of the page to view the schedule and register for in-person or virtual training sessions. Select the red “Animal Care Self-paced Training” tab for video trainings. 

Note: If it is your first time using CRS, you will need to update your CRS profile information before registering for a course.

Instructions and mandatory training requirements for new animal users: 

Download the Vivarium Access Form (see NET-ID protected form below). This form contains all the below training information. Use this form to log completed training events and submit to the facility supervisor when attending your tour (Step 6).  

Step 1: Have the Principal Investigator (PI) submit a personnel amendment to add you to the protocol(s).  The following steps #2-5 can be completed while the protocol amendment is in the submission/approval process 

Step 2: Complete the online “Orientation to Animal Care and Use at Rutgers” module

  • Link located on the eIACUC website under eIACUC home: ”AALAS Learning Library” 

Step 3: Complete and submit the Animal Research Clearance (ARC) Occupational Health Form

  • Link located on the eIACUC website under eIACUC Home: Animal Research Clearance 
  • Please select the ARC for the location where you will be working

Step 4: Attend an In-Person Facility Orientation class (2020 update: this class is currently being offered as a virtual session.  Available sessions are present on CRS)

  • For the current schedule and to register, use the Course Registration System (CRS) found on the eIACUC website 
  • Once in CRS, click the “Animal Care Training” tab to see available courses. 
  • Register for the campus-specific class: In-Person Facility Orientation (NB) or In-Person Facility Orientation (Newark)

Step 5: REHS Laboratory Safety/Biosafety Blood Borne Pathogen training

Step 6: Attend a Facility Tour

  • Contact the facility supervisor to schedule a tour for the animal facility you will be working in. Contact information can be found on the Vivarium Access form
  • Provide the supervisor with your completed Vivarium Access form when you arrive for the tour. 
  • At the conclusion of the tour, your university identification card (RU Connection card) will be activated for that facility.

Additional Animal Related Trainings:

Some of these training courses may be mandatory based on what is included in your IACUC approved protocol. To see the current schedule of sessions and to register for a class, use CRS. If you would like to attend a training session but do not see one listed in CRS, please contact the Training Coordinator for your campus. 

Surgery and Anesthesia: 

  • Aseptic Techniques for Rodent Survival Surgery: This course teaches concepts for successfully performing rodent survival surgeries using aseptic techniques, including instrument and animal prep, peri-operative considerations, and post-operative care. Common rodent anesthesia and analgesia methods are also discussed. There is an online and an in-person component to this course. 
  • Surgical Observation: Required prior to performing a solo survival surgery for the first time. This is a demonstration of surgical competence and compliance. Contact the Training Coordinator for your location to schedule an observation. 

Species-Specific Training Courses: 

  • Mouse basics, handling, and euthanasia: This hands-on class will teach basic mouse handling, sexing, and full restraint to ensure safety of the handler and mouse. The course also includes mouse euthanasia via carbon dioxide exposure with cervical dislocation as a secondary method. 
  • Rat handling and basic techniques: This hands-on class will teach basic rat handling and full restraint to ensure safety of the handler and rat. This course also includes basic techniques, such as subcutaneous injections. 
  • USDA species handling: A hands-on course that teaches how to handle and restrain USDA species on their IACUC approved protocol. This course will include species-specific information regarding caging, behavior, and safety. 
  • Rodent breeding and cage density: This course explains the basics of mouse breeding and how to maintain a successful, compliant breeding program. 

Individual or small group training classes for specific techniques or procedures are also available on an as-needed basis. These sessions include but are not limited to: 

  • Rodent basic and advanced techniques, such as injections, blood collection, identification, dosing, basic surgical procedures. 
  • USDA species specific techniques, such as blood collection, injections, dosing, etc.

Contact the Training Coordinator in your location to schedule a training session.

Training Videos:

Rutgers Animal Care offers training videos and materials in various topics. Some videos require preregistration through CRS. These are videos that require training data. Once you register for the video course in CRS, you will receive a confirmation email that contains the video link.

Rutgers Animal Care training program contacts: 

South Campus (New Brunswick, Piscataway, Camden):

Mariel Nigro:

North Campus (Newark):

Tracy Davis: