Oregon State University

IACUC Educational Requirement Policy and Resources for the Use of Animals in Research, Teaching, or Testing


All faculty, staff, and students who use or work with live vertebrate animals in research, teaching, or testing are required to complete training on the regulations and principles of animal use in research and teaching. There are prescribed resources to meet the educational requirements. Documentation of completion of this training will be required for a Principal Investigator and all personnel listed on a proposal or instructor in a course prior to approval of an Animal Care and Use Proposal for that research project or course.

[IACUC approved December 2010]

Available Training

Below are the three options for completing IACUC training requirements in regulations and principles of humane care and use. Staff working with animals can obtain additional hands-on training by contacting the Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC).


Animal Care and Use Orientation (lecture, provided by IACUC staff)

The primary method to accomplish this is attendance at a training lecture, scheduled on the second Tuesday of each month, from 3-5 pm, location TBD. These lectures are available on a request basis, if the scheduled time does not permit attendance. If arrangements cannot be made for a training lecture to be provided (i.e., remote location, offsite, schedule conflict), the CITI module can be used, after consultation with the IACUC administrator.
These lectures provide the basis for understanding the regulations, principles associated with humane care and use, and information to efficiently conduct work involving vertebrate animals at Oregon State. To register, please send a request to IACUC@oregonstate.edu. You will need to indicate the Principal Investigator (PI) and Animal Care and Use Proposal (ACUP #) you will be working with.


FASS Training-Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research or Teaching

This training is provided for staff who will be working with animals in an agricultural capacity and is an alternative to the “Animal Care and Use Orientation” lecture. Typically, this training is provided to Animal Science personnel through the Department of Animal Sciences. Please contact Nora Ross (nora.ross@oregonstate.edu) for information on completing this training.

  • Training requires viewing two 15-minute videos on the Guide to the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals and taking a short quiz in the Department of Animal Sciences.
  • When the training is completed, the Office Manager of Animal Science sends documentation to the IACUC Administrator that the requirement has been fulfilled.

CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative)

If you cannot attend in person lectures or are not on main campus, a mechanism to complete the IACUC’s requirement for training on regulations and principles associated with humane care and use of research animals is available, at no charge, through the citiprogram.org website. Please consult with the IACUC Administrator before completing this module. Individuals will need to register and affiliate with this institution (see instructions on CITI website). Completion of the base module, “Working with the IACUC”, at 80% or greater is required. Documents may be printed to confirm this completion and a report is generated and provided to the IACUC. 
If you have issues registering, please follow directions on the CITI page or email the IACUC (IACUC@oregonstate.edu).


Optional Hands-on Training Available

Animal Care and Use Training (ACUT) 
This training is provided by the Attending Veterinarian/Director of LARC. Contact LARC (7-2263) or helen.diggs@oregonstate.edu to arrange for this training.

  • Training is available, as needed, for individuals or groups.
  • Training will be based on IACUC approved procedures for the project you are working on
  • You may attend as many times as needed to learn, practice, or refresh your skills with specific procedures
  • Fee: None.

OHS/EH&S Required Training

This training is required by other Oregon State University committees or processes. These trainings should be completed as soon as possible, but are not required to be completed for IACUC approval.

Animal Exposure Occupational Health & Safety Training

This session is REQUIRED for persons who will work with animals or have significant contact with animals. Hazard awareness topics covered include zoonotic diseases, animal allergies, research hazards, physical injuries, and sharps hazards. Other topics are methods to minimize personal risks of injury or disease when working with animals and medical monitoring. Session length is 1¼ hours. A risk assessment questionnaire is distributed and persons who are at risk for rabies exposure will be asked to remain for an additional 15 minutes to cover rabies awareness training.

The class is offered the first Thursday of the month. CALL 737-2273 TO REGISTER.

Campus Location: Oak Creek Building (campus map)
Room: 201
Address: 3015 SW Western Boulevard
City: Corvallis
State: OR
Cost: Free
Contact: Kay Miller
Contact Phone: 1 541 737 7083
Contact Email: Kay.Miller at oregonstate.edu
Contact Department: Environmental Health and Safety

Contact Info

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Fax 541-737-9041

Office of Research Integrity
Research Office
Oregon State University
B308 Kerr Administration
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2140
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