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Training and Education


In order to be in compliance with federal regulations and accreditation requirements, the Rutgers Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has implemented a required education program. Federal regulations and policy require that Rutgers assure that all “personnel conducting procedures on the species maintained or studied will be appropriately qualified and trained in those procedures” and that such personnel receive “training or instruction in the humane practice of animal care and use, as well as training or instruction in research or testing methods that minimize the number of animals required to obtain valid results and minimize animal distress”.

All personnel (faculty, technicians, post-docs, students, graduate students, and others) who are listed as working with animals on a protocol are required to complete training prior to working with animals. Undergraduate students who work on special animal projects must also take the course.

The IACUC will not issue a Notice of Approval for a protocol unless the PI has current Occupational Health Approval for working with animals . No protocol personnel may engage in the conduct of the study until clearance has been issued by Occupational Health . Please remember that individuals are not authorized to work with animals until they receive approval from Occupational Health . This is a condition of all protocol approvals.

Training and Education 

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

Course Registration System (CRS) 

CRS allows personnel to view the schedule and register for training sessions. CRS can be accessed by logging into eIACUC and clicking on the CRS link on the left-hand side of eIACUC home. Please select the CRS link for the area you will be working in. 

Rutgers Animal Care training program contacts: 

South Campus (New Brunswick, Piscataway, Camden): Mariel Nigro,

North Campus (Newark): Tracy Davis,

Instructions for mandatory training requirements for new animal users:

Download the Vivarium Access Form (See below NetID protected form) 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: Online Orientation Training link

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

  • For the current schedule and to register, use the Course Registration System (CRS) found on the eIACUC website 

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.

Addtional 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.



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