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Documentation of Proficiency for hands-on training using animals for biomedical research and teaching


Biomedical Investigators and staff are not allowed to work independently until demonstrating proficiency in the above techniques to the AVS veterinarians or designees.   A training course covering CO2 euthanasia is given at the time of their orientation.  If anesthesia and/or analgesia, aseptic surgery technique, physical methods of euthanasia, oral gavage, injections, or blood collection are part of the protocol, the research staff will train with AVS staff or the Principal Investigator until ready to demonstrate proficiency. Documentation of training from workshops or prior research facilities may serve in lieu of demonstration and copies should be forwarded to the AVS veterinary staff.   Failure to comply with the policy disallows untrained personnel from participating and engaging in an approved IACUC protocol.  If untrained personnel are observed and/or reported to have participated or engaged in animal activities covered by an approved protocol, the approval to the conduct the activity may be revoked, the work suspended, and a formal investigation into the matter initiated by the IACUC.  Principal Investigators and/or lab managers must ensure that their staff have documentation of demonstrating proficiencies. During annual review of a protocol, the Principal Investigator must document any relevant hands-on protocol specific training that each person has completed during the year. For more details see (Link to IACUC Policy on Documentation of Training in Biomedical Research Techniques)


Contact AVS Staff, Michael Wong, DVM or Robert Goya-Smith, to schedule an appointment for documentation of proficiency prior to their staff working independently.