Animal Care Program Training

Training Manual


Documentation Forms

Continuing Education Information

In order to meet training requirements from the NRC, OLAW, and the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (8th ed.)”, all animal users listed on protocols (including students and staff) will need to complete annual continuing education for 2020 by March 15, 2020.

Occupational Health and Safety training is required by AAALAC International on a yearly basis. Please be certain to review and complete the Occupational Health and Safety refresher training found below.

Within this training, you will be prompted at the end to accept or decline the completion of the annual Occupational Health Follow-Up Risk Assessment form. Although it is not required, it is strongly encouraged that all animal users accept and complete this form.

The IACUC will NOT approve new protocols or process annual renewals after March 15, 2020 for any investigators that have failed to complete the continuing education and occupational health and safety requirements.


1. Complete the CITI training entitled “Working with the IACUC” at This will require enrollment in CITI training – click here to find instructions on completing the course. The IACUC Guidelines for Continuing Education require that all animal users complete this CITI training every 5 years. 

2. Review the Occupational Health and Safety Refresher Training 2020, where you will be also be required to accept or decline renewed participation of your occupational health risk assessment.

Animal Users/Handlers

  • Orientation with Veterinarian/Lab Manager
  • Pass certification exam
  • Bio-methodology training
  • ARC facilities training if appropriate
  • Hands-on training if appropriate
  • Documentation of proficiency in PI training log
  • Annual continuing education

Requirements for Completion of Animal Care Certification

Meet with Vet/Lab Manager to review training manual and complete Occupational Health Risk AssessmentComplete Animal Care ExamReceive confirmation letter for completion of Occupational Health Risk AssessmentView Bio-Methodology VideoARC Facilities TourHands on Training for Rodent UsersComplete CITI Training module
Mouse Users at UWM facilitiesxxxxxx
Rat Users at UWM facilitiesxxxxxx
Zebrafish Usersxxxx
Fish Usersxxxx
Amphibian Usersxxxx
Field Studies with mammals/fish/birdsxxxx
New IACUC Membersxxxx

Visitors who will handle animals

Visitors who will not handle animals (or will work under direct supervision of a certified animal user)

  • If here for greater than 30 days, the training is the same as listed above for visitors who will handle animals

Students who come into contact with animals as part of instructional activities

Non-UWM Personnel who teach field courses or conduct observational field studies on UWM property

IACUC Members

Surgery Training

Transgenic and Quarantine Room Training