Because of the intimate and highly individualized nature of most research projects involving animals, the most important training will necessarily be hands-on, and conducted by an experienced investigator, the Animal Care Facility Manager, or the Campus Veterinarian. However, it is essential that all researchers and instructors working with animals understand the key principles, policies, and responsibilities that are involved with animal-related research and teaching. 

Toward that end, all investigators listed on an IACUC protocol must complete the online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)Opens in new window training module entitled “Using Animal Subjects in Research” (ID: 13301). CITI trainings are designed to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) requirements for basic training in the humane care and use of animals.

Furthermore, students and postdoctoral researchers working on NIH and NSF grants must also complete the "Required" modules in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Basic Course.  All researchers would benefit from completing the RCR-Basic Course at least once during their career at CSUF and are urged to do so.

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a CITIOpens in new window account and register for the correct course for the use of animal subjects can be downloaded below.

At its discretion, the IACUC may require additional online or hands-on training, depending on the project.

Evidence of successful completion of the appropriate training modules (normally, a Completion Record or Certificate available from CITI) must be submitted to the coordinator for all listed investigators, including students and staff, at the time of submission of a new or continuing IACUC protocol application. Training must be renewed every five years. The Principal Investigator on a project or course is responsible for ensuring that all researchers working with animals under his/her supervision have the appropriate and updated training.

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