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.
The only exceptions to this training requirement are: 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.
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 enroll in the occupational health program. The class is available online at Learn@UW. Log in with your UW net ID and click on SELF REGISTRATION and select the course, Occupational Health 101: Safety for Personnel with Animal Contact. To enroll in the program, complete the Risk Questionnaire form (AnimalHandlingRiskQuestionnaire.pdf attached at the bottom of this page) and send a copy through campus mail to the Occupational Medicine Program, University Health Services, 333 East Campus Mall. We do not keep copies at CFL. Proceed with Step 3.
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:
*STEP 6: Document that you have completed Steps 1 through 5 (and 7, if applicable) by signing The Laboratory Training Notebook. If you are at Trout Lake Station or UNDERC, see Pam Fashingbauer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the Laboratory Training Notebook. If you are at the Hasler Lab in Madison, see Marilyn Larsen (email@example.com) for the Laboratory Training Notebook. The following pages need to be signed:
STEP 7: If you will be assisting with surgery (e.g. implanting transmitters), you must also take the Lab Animal Surgery class.
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. She will provide you with a Presubmission Veterinary Consultation Worksheet documenting that the consultation has occurred. Please forward the completed form to Marilyn Larsen so she can submit it to RARC with the protocol.
For comments or suggestions regarding this page, contact Marilyn Larsen.