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Working with the IACUC – Refresher

This course provides retraining on the protection of animal subjects used in research.


About this Course


This refresher course offers retraining on Working with the IACUC. It reviews many of the topics covered in the basic course, but adds additional depth, expanding on points that are often sources of concerns and questions by Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) and animal users.

Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: IACUC Members, Animal Workers, Investigators, Research Assistants, Staff, Students

Organizational Subscription Price: Included in organizational subscription
Independent Learner Price: $110 per person


Course Content


Toggle Content Introduction to Working with the IACUC – Refresher Course

Introduces the Working with the IACUC – Refresher course.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13780 (English)

Toggle Content The Regulators

Reviews the principal federal rules affecting animal use in research: The Animal Welfare Act of 1966 (as amended in 1970, 1976, 1985, 1990 and 2002) and the Health Research Extension Act of 1985.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13781 (English)

Toggle Content Responsibility

Discusses how it is the organization that hosts the animal use activities responsibility to ensure humane care and use of research animals. It also reviews the responsibilities and make up of an IACUC.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13782 (English)

Toggle Content Justifying Animal Use

Describes how the protocol must be presented when proposing work with animal subjects. It is important to note that animals should be used only for work that is likely to benefit human or animal health, the good of society, or add to important scientific knowledge.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13783 (English)

Toggle Content Consider Alternatives

Covers the requirements for investigators to provide written assurance that alternatives are not available for proposed procedures in animals likely to cause pain and/or distress.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13784 (English)

Toggle Content Duplication

Discusses the idea that each investigator is required to provide a statement to the IACUC that the proposed work does not needlessly duplicate previous work.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13785 (English)

Toggle Content Training

Describes the need for proper training of investigators before performing procedures pertaining to animals.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13786 (English)

Toggle Content Housing and Husbandry

Explains the need to have an established a program for the housing and husbandry of all animals that are housed at an organization. It also reviews all elements of housing and husbandry including the proper types of housing, food, cleanliness, environment, and safety, as well as the humane use of restraints in animals.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13787 (English)

Toggle Content Monitoring and Controlling Pain and Distress

Discusses monitoring and controlling pain or discomfort in animals.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13788 (English)

Toggle Content Surgery

Covers surgery in animal experiments, a prominent area of oversight by the IACUC, that be of particular concern to the investigator due to its potential to cause pain and/or distress for the animal.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13789 (English)

Toggle Content Post-Procedure Monitoring and Care

Explains good practice requirements for monitoring the well-being of an animal until it is fully recovered from surgery.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13790 (English)

Toggle Content Endpoints

Reviews what to consider before ending an animal's involvement in a study.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13791 (English)

Toggle Content Euthanasia

Discusses what to consider when planning for the euthanasia of an animal.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13792 (English)

Toggle Content Occupational Health and Safety

Explains the different elements of occupational health and safety that should be taken into consideration while working with animals.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13793 (English)

Toggle Content Final Words

Concludes the Working with the IACUC – Refresher course.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13846 (English)

Toggle Content References

Presents the references used in the Working with the IACUC – Refresher course.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13794 (English)