Animal and Veterinary Service

Training

The Animal Welfare Regulations and Public Health Service Policy require all personnel involved with the care and use of animals must be adequately educated, trained, and/or qualified in basic principles of laboratory animal sciences to help ensure high quality science and animal well-being; and that all training of Program personnel should be documented. (Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 8th edition and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA, Animal Welfare 9 CFR)

As of July 1, 2012, most training will be conducted using the web based Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training courses, found at www.citiprogram.org. After registering, scroll to Question Five, Laboratory Animal Welfare, and complete the appropriate courses described below. Questions regarding your CITI training should be directed to CITI at www.citiprogram.org

 

Review of Regulations (go to www.citiprogram.org)

If you are a University of Hawai‘i (UH) or non-UH researcher, instructor, visiting scientist, student, staff member or volunteer who will be participating in an animal use protocol on behalf of the UH, you must complete the web based Investigator, Staff, and Students, Basic Course, prior to beginning any work or receiving access to the facility. Completion of the Laulima Review of Regulations within the last three years can substitute for this requirement.

New users click "Register Here" on the CITI site (www.citiprogram.org).

Review of Regulations Recertification (go to www.citiprogram.org)

At least every three years after passing the initial Review of regulations, all personnel on an active UH protocol must successfully complete the web-based CITI Refresher Course for Investigators Conducting Research with Laboratory Animals. Recertification through Laulima Review of Regulations Recertification within the last three years can substitute for this requirement.

New users click "Register Here" on the CITI site (www.citiprogram.org).

Species Specific Training

Effective October 1, 2012, as a prerequisite for protocol approval, all personnel listed on the protocol must successfully complete the web based CITI training course for the species listed in your protocol.

Aseptic Survival Surgery Training (go to www.citiprogram.org)

Effective October 1, 2012, if your protocol involves survival surgery, as a prerequisite for protocol approval, all personnel on the protocol, no matter what species, must successfully complete the web based CITI training course on Aseptic Surgery.

In addition, contact the University Veterinarian’s Office at uhlas@hawaii.edu to schedule hands on training on surgery within three months of protocol approval.

Protocol Specific Training (go to www.citiprogram.org)

Annually you must document any protocol specific training, which personnel on a protocol have received during the year that is relevant to the activity. The Principal Investigator for the protocol is responsible to document training for each person listed on his/her protocol. Protocol specific training includes, but is not limited to: C02 euthanasia, cervical dislocation, decapitation, other euthanasia procedures, survival surgery, ear tagging or notching, genotyping, and procedures unique to the protocol.

Facility Orientation

An orientation to enter the animal biomedical facility must be completed prior to beginning any work or receiving access. For more information to receive facility orientation visit http://www.hawaii.edu/LAS/facilityaccess.html

Research Personnel Laboratory (RPL) Training

The RPL course is a basic course that covers rodent handling, restraint, injections, blood collection, sexing, and breeding. It is a lecture and hands on laboratory course. It takes approximately 1 hour.
Please contact Robert Goya-Smith at rs22@hawaii.edu to sign up for the RPL course.

The RPL course is offered at Kakaako every third Thursday of the month; alternating each month between 9 AM and 1 PM. The RPL course is offered at Manoa by appointment. Special arrangements can be made for groups of people who wish to take this course.