Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)

Training for research staff, iacuc members & cmu staff

NEOMED’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee approved the use of a training program for all personnel engaged in animal based research and training activities at NEOMED, as well as all IACUC members. Training for all research staff is handled through CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative).  The AALAS Learning Library (ALL) will also be used if specific training is not available in CITI.

Protocols

All investigators and members of their research team must complete the IACUC-required CITI modules. The courses must populate within the Personnel Information section located within e-Protocol. The IACUC cannot approve the new protocol or any protocol Amendments until all individuals have completed the required CITI training modules.

Investigators will need to submit an Amendment to add a new research personnel to their protocols.  These individuals must complete all IACUC-required CITI training modules.  The IACUC cannot approve the Amendment until the individual completes all required training modules.

If an individual has previously completed any or all of the required CITI modules, the IACUC will accept a copy of the Completion Report for each required module. Individuals must update their CITI profile and affiliate with NEOMED (Northeast Ohio Medical University) in order for their CITI training to populate within e-Protocol.

Training Course

Visit the CITI website

Individuals will need to create their own account within CITI and are encouraged to write down their login and password and keep in a secure location once their CITI account is created. Because CITI is web-based, individuals can access and complete their training from anywhere. The best part of CITI is that this is a nationally recognized training program and individuals can take their training with them. Please download and keep a copy of the instructions for future training needs.

As part of the online registration process, CITI will ask enrollees to choose one Learner Group based on their role at NEOMED and the type of animal care activities they will conduct.

Current Learner Groups

Researcher: Faculty member, research technician, postdoctoral fellow, graduate student, medicine student, volunteer

IACUC Member: IACUC member

IACUC Community Member (as applicable): IACUC member

Institutional Official:  Institutional Official

CITI Modules

There will be multiple Modules to complete depending upon an individual’s NEOMED role and the type(s) of species and/or techniques used on the protocol. Within each Module, there are multiple courses to complete. Each course has an associated quiz. Individuals must pass all of the quizzes with an aggregate score of 80% in order to successfully complete the Module. The quizzes may be repeated as often as necessary in order to achieve a passing score.

Please note if investigators include a new species or add new techniques to their protocol, they will be required to complete the species-specific or technique-specific Modules prior to IACUC approval. This training will need to be reflected on the Modification Request (see Section 2.A.) and/or on the Annual Review (see Section 2) forms.

Training within CITI is good for three years, after which time individuals will be required to complete a refresher course. Individuals will receive written notification from CITI when their current training has expired and when retraining needs to be completed.

Feel free to contact the NEOMED Regulatory Affairs Coordinator with any questions or concerns regarding the CITI training program, if assistance is needed in registering with CITI, or if guidance is needed as to what course(s) should be completed.

Required CITI Modules

Based upon your NEOMED position

Faculty Members, Research Technicians, Postdoctoral Fellows, Graduate Students, Medicine Students & Volunteers

Enroll with CITI as: Researcher

Titles of Required Module(s) to be Completed:

Working with the IACUC

Species-specific Modules:

  • Working with Dogs in Research Settings
  • Working with Gerbils in Research Settings
  • Working with Guinea Pigs in Research Settings
  • Working with Mice in Research Settings
  • Working with Non-Human Primates in Research Setting
  • Working with Rabbits in Research Setting
  • Working with Rats in Research Setting
  • Working with Swine in Research Setting
  • Working with Sheep in Research Setting
  • Working with Wildlife Research

Examples

  • If you’re working with mice, you will be required to complete the Working with Mice in Research Setting module.
  • If you’re working with rats, you will be required to complete the Working with Rats in Research Setting module, etc.).
  • If you’re working with multiple species, you will be required to complete all of the related species modules.

Technique-specific Modules

  • Post-Procedural Care of Mice and Rats in Research: Minimizing Pain and Distress
  • Principles of Aseptic Technique

Examples

  • If you are performing any type of procedure with mice and rats, you are required to complete Post-Procedural Care of Mice and Rats in Research: Minimizing Pain and Distress module.
  • If you are performing survival surgery, you are required to complete Principles of Aseptic Technique module.
IACUC Members

Enroll with CITI as: IACUC Member

Titles of Required Module(s) to be Completed:

  • Essentials of IACUC
  • Essentials of Community Member (as applicable)

Contact

Stanley Dannemiller, D.V.M.
Director, Comparative Medicine Unit
Phone: 330.325.6558
Email: sdannemiller@neomed.edu

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)

Research at NEOMED