WVU is required to provide and to keep records of all persons taking animal care
Regulatory training for animal care and use at WVU is done through the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) program and is required
for all personnel who work with or care for animals in research or teaching, and any student enrolled
in a course that uses live animals.
This training must be updated every three years (every five years for undergraduate
students). Records of regulatory training are maintained by CITI and accessible by the Office of Animal
Regulatory Training Instructions
If you have previously completed CITI courses at another institution, contact the OAW staff if you need assistance in linking them to your WVU profile, via "add an affiliation".
- Click on CITI login.
Login in via the CAS system/Duo Authentication.
- You will see "West Virginia University" and a blue View Courses button. Click "View Courses" to see the courses you have enrolled in and/or already taken.
- If the course(s) you need to take is/are not listed, click ‘Add a Course’ in the box at the bottom labeled “Learner Tools for West
- Answer questions on "Select Curriculum" page to enroll in courses, based on the work you will be performing.
- Below are the minimum required
- Biomedical Principal Investigators and research staff
Question 4 - choose the course(s) that most directly reflect the work you will be doing by adding a checkmark in the box associated
with the course(s)
, if a completed course in Question 4 has expired, you may take the abbreviated REFRESHER COURSE "Working with Animals in Biomedical Research" offered in Question 5.
- If you will be performing surgery, it is recommended you also complete the "Aseptic Surgery" course, which can be selected under Question 6.
- Agricultural Principal Investigators and research staff
Question 4 - choose "Agricultural Research and Teaching"
- Wildlife Principal Investigators and research staff
Question 4 - choose "Wildlife Research"
Animal Care Staff
Question 4 - choose the course(s) that most directly reflect your work (e.g. "Vivarium Workers" or "Agricultural Research and Teaching")
- Undergraduate Students enrolled in classes using live animals
Question 4 - choose "Undergraduates/Students"
ALL PERSONNEL - select for Question 6 the course(s) that most directly represent ALL the animal species you will be working with, by adding a checkmark in the box associated with the course(s).
- Scroll to the bottom and click the ‘Submit’ button.
- You should now see the course(s) that you added under "Courses Ready to Begin".
- Click each course name and complete the course(s).
Occupational Health Questionnaire
Anyone working with animals in any setting is required to complete the Occupational
Health Questionnaire, which needs to be updated on an ANNUAL BASIS. Records
of occupational health clearance are maintained by WVU Occupational Medicine.
Occupational Health Questionnaire
Occupational Health Questionnaire 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.
Animal Facility Training
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, Rockefeller
Neuroscience Institute, or Farm Animal Research Facility. Records of facility
training are maintained by OLAR.
OLAR website for their training schedule and instructions, under "Training & Education". If you have further questions, contact OLAR at
(304) 293-3737 or
Species-specific and Procedure-specific
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
This training may be provided by veterinary staff, animal care staff, course instructor or Principal Investigator/laboratory
staff, as appropriate.
Training records for all personnel with regards
to protocol/procedure specific training and species-specific should be maintained by the PI/supervisor/lab and be easily accessible.
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 you):
Additional Training as Necessary
Additional training, such as biohazard training, radiation safety training or chemical
safety training, may be required depending the nature of your animal work.
Please contact the appropriate office for more information:
Radiation Safety Training
Environmental and Safety Training