Everyone at the Center for Limnology who will be handling, sampling or studying live fish or other vertebrates as part of their work must complete training on working with research animals.* This includes all staff, students, LTEs, student hourlies, and volunteers. It also includes individuals from other institutions working with live vertebrates at the Center for Limnology. The steps to complete the training process are outlined below. There are five components to the training that must be completed: 1) animal care and use training (RARC web site), 2) occupational health training (Learn@UW), 3) occupational health enrollment (Occupational Health web site), 4) species-specific training (AALAS Learning Library), and 5) hands-on training (conducted by CFL staff). Reauthorization occurs every five years.
*If you will not be handling, sampling or studying live fish or other vertebrates as part of your work, you do not need to complete training.
EXCEPTIONS: If any of these apply, you do not need to take the training: 1) if you are a student who will have animal contact as part of an instructional activity AND will be working under the direct supervision of an individual who has completed training, or 2) if you are not affiliated with UW-Madison, such as a visiting scientist, AND will work under the direct supervision of an individual who has completed the training requirement AND intend to spend less than 30 days working with vertebrates. The policies on Animal Care and Use Authorization and Mandatory Training (1999-006) and Occupational Health Program Enrollment (2004-025) are in the attached documents below. The Occupational Health Requirements document below will help you determine if you need to enroll in the occupational health program or complete safety training. Please take a look at it.
Please contact Marilyn Larsen if you have any questions about whether or not you need to be certified. You can look up what training you've completed on RARC's web site. Click on My Profile to log in with your Net ID.
STEP 1: Complete the Animal User Orientation Course Online. Select Animal User Orientation from the Open-Access courses.
Please note: If you are a student at an institution other than the UW-Madison, you will first need to obtain a guest pass from RARC (Research Animal Resources Center). Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and put RARC GUEST PASS in the subject line. Once you receive your guest NetID (it takes a day or two), you may proceed with Step 1.
STEP 2: Take the required Occupational Health class AND complete the Animal Contact Risk Questionnaire (ACRQ). The Occupational Health class is available online at Learn@UW. Log in with your UW net ID and click on SELF REGISTRATION and select the course, Safety for Personnel with Animal Contact.
After completing the Occupational Health class, complete the ACRQ by following these steps (you will need your Campus ID #):
1) Go to http://www.uhs.wisc.edu/occ-medicine/
STEP 3: Send an email to Marilyn Larsen (email@example.com) noting that you have completed Steps 1 and 2. In the email, also indicate what research project you will be working on (Aquarium, Cascade, Great Lakes Barriers, LTER, Southeast Asia, Teaching). Once Marilyn receives this information, she will provide you with copies of the animal care protocol and lab Standard Operating Procedures (the SOPs are also available below) and add your name to the appropriate animal care protocol.
STEP 4: Enter your education and experience by following the instructions on RARC's Protocol Personnel Training and Experience Management in My Profile web page.
STEP 5: Complete the on-line species-specific training for the species with which you will be working. RARC will send you an email with instructions for accessing the AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science) Learning Library once you have been added to the protocol.
*STEP 7: Document that you have completed Steps 1 through 6 (and 8, if applicable) by signing The Laboratory Training Notebook. If you are at Trout Lake Station or UNDERC, see Pam Fashingbauer (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are at the Hasler Lab in Madison, see Marilyn Larsen (email@example.com). The following pages need to be signed:
STEP 8: If you will be assisting with surgery (e.g. implanting transmitters), you must also take the Lab Animal Surgery class. RARC will email instructions to you if this is indicated on the protocol.
If you are an employee or student of another institution and have an approved protocol from your institution for your research at Trout Lake Station or the Hasler Lab, the UW's L&S Animal Care and Use Committee has the option of reviewing the protocol, too. Please email the protocol and institution approval to Marilyn Larsen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How can I find out if my project/course is already covered by an approved animal care protocol?
All new protocols, 3-year renewal protocols and amendments (except administrative amendments) must be pre-reviewed by a veterinarian. PIs should contact Dr. Lisa Krugner-Higby (265-5581; email@example.com) to discuss the protocol under development. The PI will submit the protocol for pre-review via ARROW.
For comments or suggestions regarding this page, contact Marilyn Larsen.