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Animal Care and Use (ACU)

ACU courses cover the general principles of the ethical care and use of animals in research, training, and testing.

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About these Courses


The ACU courses 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.

The courses are intended to help investigators and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members work more productively. Additional courses are available for IACUC chairs, IACUC community members, and institutional officials (IOs), as well as individuals seeking training on post-procedure care and post-approval monitoring or wildlife research. Courses on working with specific animal types are also included.

These courses were written by multiple authors and peer-reviewed by experts.

Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: IACUC Members, Animal Workers and Staff, IACUC Chairs, IACUC Community Members, Institutional Officials, Investigators, Research Assistants, Students


Basic Courses


Animal Care and Use (ACU)

Working with the IACUC

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Animal Care and Use (ACU)

Essentials for IACUC Members

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Animal Care and Use (ACU)

IACUC Community Member

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Animal Care and Use (ACU)

Post-Procedure Care of Mice and Rats in Research: Minimizing Pain and Distress

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Wildlife Research

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Animal Care and Use (ACU)

Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM)

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Refresher Courses


Animal Care and Use (ACU)

Working with the IACUC - Refresher

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IACUC Member Refresher Case Studies

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Additional Courses


Animal Care and Use (ACU)

Institutional Official: Animal Care and Use

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IACUC Chair

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Animal Specific Courses


Animal Care and Use (ACU)

Working with Amphibians in Research Settings

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Working with Cats in Research Settings

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Working with Cattle in Agricultural Research Settings

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Working with Dogs in Research Settings

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Working with Ferrets in Research Settings

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Working with Fish in Research Settings

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Working with Gerbils in Research Settings

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Working with Guinea Pigs in Research Settings

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Working with Hamsters in Research Settings

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Working with Horses in Agricultural Research Settings

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Working with Mice in Research Settings

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Working with Non-Human Primates in Research Settings

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Working with Rabbits in Research Settings

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Working with Rats in Research Settings

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Working with Reptiles in Research Settings

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Working with Sheep and Goats in Research Settings

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Working with Swine in Research Settings

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Working with Zebrafish (Danio rerio) in Research Settings

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FAQs


Toggle ContentDo the ACU courses meet any federal mandates or guidelines?

Yes, the ACU courses are designed to help organizations fulfill federal training mandates and guidelines. The U.S. Government Principles, Health Research Extension Act of 1985, and the PHS Policy refer to appropriately trained, qualified, and experienced personnel, as well as availability of instruction and training.

Toggle ContentWho should take ACU courses?

Federal training requirements extend not only to individuals who work with animals, but also to those individuals who are charged with overseeing an animal care and use program. ACU courses are designed for each member of the animal care and use community.

Course Suggested Audiences
Working with the IACUC IACUC members, investigators, research assistants, animal workers, staff, and students
Essentials for IACUC Members IACUC members
IACUC Community Member IACUC community members
Post-Procedure Care of Mice and Rats in Research: Reducing Pain and Distress Personnel working with mice and rats in research
Wildlife Research Personnel studying wildlife or reviewing wildlife research protocols
Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM) IACUC members, staff, and investigators
Institutional Official: Animal Care and Use Course Institutional officials
IACUC Chair Course IACUC chairs

Toggle ContentWhen should someone take a refresher ACU course?

Learners: Each organization develops refresher course requirements based on their own animal care and use program needs. Please refer to your organization’s training guidelines.

Administrators: Most organizations select a three-year period of retraining although your organization’s training needs may differ. ACU refresher courses allow organizations multiple options when it comes to developing content to meet their retraining needs, including different timings between basic and refresher course stages depending on the learner group.

Toggle ContentWhat are the standard recommendations for ACU learner groups?

CITI Program allows organizations to customize their learner groups, which means they can choose the content modules their learners need to complete. We can work with your admin to determine the learner groups that best fit your organizational needs. You can also choose to use our recommended learner groups.

Toggle ContentHow should ACU be structured to create a training program that meets federal regulations and guidelines?

There is no uniform standard regarding the methods and format used for ACU training. CITI Program content is designed to be a component of an overall foundation of training for an organization's affiliates. We recommend that organizations build frameworks of training that combine CITI Program content with face-to-face training, one-on-one mentoring, and other types of learning opportunities, as appropriate to the particular topics and their organizational cultures.

Typically, training should begin with at least one basic course, followed by a refresher course that learners complete within a time period designated by the organization (for example, three years after completing the basic course). ACU also offers animal-specific courses that are meant to supplement the basic course(s) and are presented to learners based on their research activities. Additional standalone courses for institutional officials, IACUC chairs, and IACUC community members, as well as individuals seeking training on post-procedure care, post-approval monitoring, and wildlife research are also available.