Training Requirements

Listed below are the training requirements personnel need to complete in order to work with animals at the University of Washington.

For a full listing of the Training Program's course offerings, please visit the Online Courses and In Person Courses pages.

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All individuals working with animals must complete the following

Individuals who will be handling or performing procedures on awake rodents, ferrets, rabbits, pigs, sheep or dogs must complete the appropriate training class(es) before beginning work with each species. Such personnel must have completed or be registered for the appropriate species-specific training class before being added to a protocol. Specifically:

Personnel who are working with, or who have worked with, rabbits, dogs, ferrets or pigs at the UW prior to the time of adoption of this policy (May 17, 2012) are exempt from the requirement to complete the rabbit, dog, ferret or pig training class, respectively.

For individuals working within Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) animal facilities:

  • Annual DCM Facility Access Training (Rodent) If you are a rodent user, you will be required to complete the online course (formerly Annual Animal Use Training for Rodent Users) on an annual basis.
  • Annual DCM Facility Access Training (Non-Rodent) If you are a non-rodent user, you will be required to complete the online course on an annual basis.
  • Facility Orientation Required for individuals (both rodent and non-rodent users) who need to enter DCM facilities must complete for the appropriate facility prior to initial entry approval.
    Prerequisites: Must be listed on a UW protocol. Rodent Users must complete the Annual Rodent training, and the Animal Facility Online Course.
  • Animal Bio-Safety Level 2 or 3 Room Orientation Individuals who will work in Animal Bio-Safety Level 2 or 3 rooms within DCM facilities.
    Prerequisite: Completion of the facility orientation.
  • Behavior Room Orientation Required for individuals who will work in behavior study rooms within DCM facilities.
    Prerequisite: Completion of the facility orientation.
  • Gnotobiotic Animal Core (GNAC) Orientation Required for individuals who will work in the Gnotobiotic Animal Core (GNAC) must complete the .
    Prerequisite: Completion of the facility orientation.

Laboratory-managed animal facilities

For individuals working within laboratory-managed animal facilities (i.e., not Comparative Medicine run):

Aquatics:

Rodents:

Species other than aquatics and rodents:

  • Individuals who provide husbandry and care for their own animals (non-aquatic and non-rodent) must complete the Lab-Managed Animal Care and Records class. The PI or a professional staff lab manager is also required to complete this class.

For individuals performing aseptic animal surgery for the first time at the UW, as well as UW personnel performing aseptic surgery on a new category of animal (rodents; USDA-covered non-rodents; other animals):

Rodent users (e.g., mice, rats, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.):

  • All personnel must complete the online Introduction to Rodent Surgery course.
  • All personnel* must complete the in-person courses Surgery Laboratory Part IA and Surgery Laboratory Part II.
    Prerequisite: Completion of the online “Introduction to Rodent Surgery” course.
  • All personnel must complete Supervised Surgery Experience within their lab which is supervised by trained IACUC protocol staff in protocol-approved surgery location(s) until the individual is ready for certification.
    Prerequisites: Completion of the “Surgery Laboratory Part II” course.
  • Aseptic Surgery Certification All personnel performing aseptic surgery independently must complete which involves on-site observation by the Attending Veterinarian or a designee. Based on the on-site observation, personnel are either certified to perform aseptic surgery independently, or required to have additional training in specific aspects of surgery before certification is granted.
    Prerequisite: Completion of Supervised Surgery Experience.

USDA-covered non-rodent users (e.g., bats, rabbits, cats, ruminants, dogs, pigs, ferrets, non-human primates, etc.):

  • Introduction to Surgery (Non-Rodent, USDA-Covered Animals) All personnel* must complete the online course.
  • Surgery Laboratory Part IB and Surgery Laboratory Part II All personnel* must complete the in-person courses.
    Prerequisite: Completion of the online “Introduction to Surgery (Non-Rodent, USDA-Covered Animals)” course.
  • All personnel must complete Supervised Surgery Experience within their lab which is supervised by trained IACUC protocol staff in protocol-approved surgery location(s) until the individual is ready for certification.
    Prerequisites: Completion of the “Surgery Laboratory Part II” course.
  • Aseptic Surgery Certification All personnel performing aseptic surgery independently must complete which involves on-site observation by the Attending Veterinarian or a designee. Based on the on-site observation, personnel are either certified to perform aseptic surgery independently, or required to have additional training in specific aspects of surgery before certification is granted.
    Prerequisite: Completion of Supervised Surgery Experience.

Other animals (e.g., fish, frogs, birds, etc.):

  • Course requirements are determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • All personnel must complete Supervised Surgery Experience within their lab which is supervised by trained IACUC protocol staff in protocol-approved surgery location(s) until the individual is ready for certification.
  • Aseptic Surgery Certification All personnel performing aseptic surgery independently must complete this training which involves on-site observation by the Attending Veterinarian or a designee. Based on the on-site observation, personnel are either certified to perform aseptic surgery independently, or required to have additional training in specific aspects of surgery before certification is granted.
    Prerequisite: Completion of Supervised Surgery Experience.

*Exceptions:

  • Extensive surgery experience: If you are a surgeon (MD, DVM) and would like to petition out of the laboratory classes, please email auts@uw.edu.
  • USDA-covered non-rodent users: Personnel assisting with surgery in an OR in Comparative Medicine with a veterinarian/vet tech looking over their shoulder may be exempted from the online and laboratory classes. If this exception applies to you, please email auts@uw.edu.
  • Bat, rabbit, cat, ruminant, dog, pig, ferret users: Medical students who are receiving aseptic surgery instruction as part of their schooling may be exempted from the online and laboratory classes. If this exemption applies to you, please email auts@uw.edu.

Certification is required for individuals performing the following procedures:

Mice:

  • Cervical dislocation (anesthetized or unanesthetized)
  • Retro-orbital bleeding (anesthetized or unanesthetized)
  • Retro-orbital injections (performed on anesthetized mice only)
  • Decapitation on adult mice >14 days old (unanesthetized)
  • Tape skirt

Rats:

  • Cervical dislocation performed only on rats < 200 grams (anesthetized or unanesthetized)
  • Retro-orbital bleeding (performed on anesthetized rats only)
  • Decapitation on adult rats >14 days old (unanesthetized)

Fish:

  • Stunning followed by caudal tail vein severing
  • Stunning followed by gill severing
  • Stunning followed by decapitation
  • Stunning followed by pithing
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2) euthanasia
  • Decapitation (unanesthetized)

Amphibians (for appropriate species only):

  • Pithing

Birds:

  • Decapitation (unanesthetized)
  • Cervical dislocation (unanesthetized)

Rabbits:

  • Decapitation (unanesthetized)
  • Penetrating captive bolt pistol performed only on rabbits > 2 Kg
  • Cervical dislocation performed only on rabbits < 1 Kg (anesthetized or unanesthetized)

Guinea Pigs:

  • Decapitation (unanesthetized)

Hamsters:

  • Decapitation (unanesthetized)
  • Retro-orbital bleeding (anesthetized or unanesthetized)

Gerbils:

  • Decapitation (unanesthetized)
  • Retro-orbital bleeding (anesthetized or unanesthetized)
  • Retro-orbital injections (performed on anesthetized gerbils only)

Spiny Mice:

  • Cervical Dislocation (anesthetized)

USDA-Covered Species:

All Species: