Regulatory training for animal care and use at WVU is done through the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) program and is required for all research personnel listed on an animal use protocol and any student enrolled in a course that uses live animals.
This training must be updated every three years and every four years for undergraduate students. Records of regulatory training are maintained by the Office of Animal Welfare. Records of regulatory training are maintained by the Office of Animal Welfare.
Anyone working with animals in any setting is required to complete the Occupational Health Questionnaire, which needs to be updated on an annual basis and records of occupational health clearance are maintained by the Office of Animal Welfare and WVU Occupational Medicine.
Visit the HSC animal survey and complete the form. If you receive a notice that you are NOT cleared for animal contact, please call WVU Occupational Medicine at (304) 293-3693 OR call Well WVU (Student Health) (304) 293-2311 if you are a student.
All animal users and caretakers who enter central animal facilities with Office of Laboratory Animal Resources (OLAR) oversight must receive facility training by the Director or assigned staff of the facility.
This includes Health Sciences Center, Life Science Building, Blanchette Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, or Farm Animal Research Facility. Records of facility training are maintained by OLAR.
Visit OLAR for their training schedule and instructions on online training via sole and access to OLAR central facilities. Contact OLAR to set up this training at (304) 293-3737 or OLARtraining@hsc.wvu.edu.
All animal users and caretakers are required to have appropriate training for the handling and husbandry of the species used, as relevant to the nature of the animal use and specific procedures that they will be performing on/with animals.
This training may be provided by veterinary staff, animal care staff, course instructor or Principal Investigator/laboratory staff, as appropriate. Training records for all laboratory personnel with regards to protocol/procedure specific training and species-specific must be maintained in the laboratory. We have two templates that can be used or modified for the purposes of maintaining protocol/procedure specific training (please note that BOTH are not needed, you can choose what works best for your laboratory):
Additional training, such as biohazard training, radiation safety training or chemical safety training, may be required depending the nature of your animal research. Please contact the appropriate office for more information: