There are regulatory requirements for personnel working with animals or working in animal areas. The Office of Animal Welfare (OAW), in conjunction with the Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), provide training, certifications and screenings that meet these requirements.
Animal Use Training Requirements
All individuals working with animals must complete at least the following:
- University of Washington Animal Use Laws and Regulations training.
- Animal Use Medical Screening (AUMS).
- Additionally, individuals using mice, rats, rabbits, or pigs at the University of Washington must complete species-specific training classes, including a hands-on handling laboratory.
Please visit the Animal Use Training website here for more information regarding trainings.
If you have a question about what training your staff needs, please contact AUTS.
Occupational Health and Safety Program
The Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) department manages the Animal Use Medical Screening (AUMS) program as a component of the University of Washington’s Animal Use Occupational Health and Safety Program that is required by Federal authorities.
The primary goal of this program is to evaluate and address potential health risks, as needed, that may be associated with your interface with laboratory animals in the research environment.
The Office of Animal Welfare will send training requirements notifications (new or expired) for you and your project personnel via email during these times:
- when you submit a new protocol form
- when you submit a 3 year renewal form
- when you submit an annual renewal form
- when you submit a request to add personnel to your project
Note: You and/or your project personnel may be required to update the Laws and Regulations training and/or Occupational Health and Safety screening up to three months before your actual course or screening expiration date. This will occur if your Laws and Regulations course and/or Occupational Health and Safety screening expire in the middle of an IACUC review cycle.