Listed below, in order, are the required steps necessary to be an authorized Facility user:
- Facility users must complete the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) required “Introduction to Laboratory Animal Care” training course, which is available in a web-based format. A passing score of 70 percent is required on the associated quiz. See Animal Care Course for an overview of the course and how to access it.
- Facility users must be listed on an active animal use protocol. This is accomplished by completing a Participant Qualifications form as part of a new protocol submission or by completing an Addition of Personnel form if a protocol has already been approved. The IACUC must review and approve the training of all new research personnel who are being added to protocols. Contact the Regulatory Affairs Coordinator, Lora Nicholson, by phone at either ext. 6556 or at 330.325.6556 to request guidance in completing and/or submitting the appropriate form.
- A facility orientation and guided tour of the Comparative Medicine Unit (CMU) is required upon successful completion of the training course. Contact either Linda McCort, CMU Manager, by phone at either ext. 6557 or at 330.326.6557 or the CMU Office by phone at either ext. 6555 or at 330.325.6555 to arrange a tour.
- All health evaluation and safety training requirements must be completed as determined by Northeast Ohio Medical University Occupational Health and Safety Office. Contact the Administrator of Occupational Health and Safety, Mechelle Gehle-Wann, by phone at either ext.6494 or at 330.325.6494 to review your safety training requirements.
The CMU will notify the Occupational Health and Safety Office when an individual has met the first three requirements. After completion of the fourth requirement, the Occupational Health and Safety Office will contact Security to have the requesting individual’s key card upgraded to permit access to the CMU.
For questions regarding facility access or problems with key cards, please contact the CMU Office by phone at ext. 6555 or visit us on campus in Room V-110.
NEOMED’s comparative medicine unit has achieved the gold standard for animal care, having been certified by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC).
Stan Dannemiller, D.V.M.,
Director, Comparative Medicine Unit