Principal Investigators (PI) for protocols (including field study and teaching protocols) should provide a description of their experience and expertise with the particular species being utilized in the activity in the initial protocol application. The IACUC will make a determination on a protocol per protocol basis whether the training and expertise of the PI is sufficient or whether additional training will be required.
Species-specific training for protocol personnel may be completed by one of two methods:
- Completing appropriate training modules in the CITI program listed as optional OR
- Completing comparable training through other IACUC approved sources, such as one-on-one training with the protocol Principal Investigator (PI) or training available through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Learning Library
Available species specific training modules in CITI include:
- Working with Amphibians in a Research Setting
- Working with Mice in Research Settings
- Working with Rats in Research Settings
- Working with Hamsters in Research Settings
- Working with Gerbils in Research Settings
- Working with Guinea Pigs in Research Settings
- Working with Rabbits in Research Settings
Additional species-specific modules may be added to the DePaul CITI program course list, as they become available or as needed when additional species are added to the DePaul animal care and use program. If the PI would like to request approval to use other sources or types of species-specific training the IACUC would require the PI to complete the IACUC Request for Approval of Alternate IACUC Training Methods form that is found at Forms & Templates page. The form should be submitted as part of the protocol application or prior to submission of the protocol, if training will be completed before IACUC protocol submission.
The form requests the following information which will allow the IACUC to determine whether the alternative type of training will be acceptable:
- A short summary of the training and the justification for using this species-specific training option for this protocol
- A description of who will be trained with this training option AND
- Plans for documentation of training
Once training is completed for individual research staff members, written documentation of completion of the training should be provided to the IACUC/RP using the IACUC Alternative Training Documentation form which is found at the Forms & Templates page.
The form requests the following information:
- A short summary describing the training topics and methods of instruction used to provide training to the trainee(s) and indicating the species of animal.
- The trainee(s) name(s) and dates they received training.
- The trainer(s) name(s) and signature(s) assuring they provided the training.
At the time of training, the PI may want to utilize a sign-in sheet when training multiple personnel at one time as an additional method of documenting attendance at training sessions. This type of documentation would be maintained in the PI’s records.