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Updated 11/26/13

Training on Working with Research Animals

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. 

You must complete these steps before working with research animals:

STEP 1:  Complete the New Animal User Online Orientation Course

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 wille@rarc.wisc.edu 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 (mlarsen2@wisc.edu) noting that you have completed Steps 1 and 2. In the email, also indicate:

a) what research project you will be working on (Cascade, Gobies/AIS CNHS, LTER/Crystal Mixing, Suckers, Tanganyika, Teaching, TNC GB Pike, Hawaii, WI River)
b) where you will be working (Hasler Lab, Trout Lake Station, UNDERC)
c) your supervisor's name
d) your job title/position
e) if you're a student, whether you're an undergraduate or graduate student and the highest degree you've obtained or are pursuing (BA, BS, MS...)
f) your phone #
g) a brief description of the type and length of training/experience you have had working with fish species (if any)

Once Marilyn receives this information, she will  provide you with copies of the animal care protocol and lab Standard Operating Procedures (see SOPs in the attached documents below), add your name to the appropriate animal care protocol, and notify RARC so you can proceed to Step 4.
 
STEP 4: 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 5: Complete hands-on species-specific training from your field crew leader for the species with which you will be working. Fill out the Fish Training Checklist below and email to Marilyn Larsen (mlarsen2@wisc.edu)

*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 (fashingbauer@wisc.edu) for the Laboratory Training Notebook. If you are at the Hasler Lab in Madison, see Marilyn Larsen (mlarsen2@wisc.edu) for the Laboratory Training Notebook. The following pages need to be signed:
 
a) Protocol Documentation Page
b) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Documentation Page
c) Training Verification Page

STEP 7:  If you will be assisting with surgery (e.g. implanting transmitters), you must also take the Lab Animal Surgery class.

Additional links related to animal care

Frequently Asked Questions


How does animal care relate to the Scientific Collectors Permits?
You must carry a valid Scientific Collectors Permit with you when you collect fish from the wild. While everyone who handles vertebrates must be trained and listed on the appropriate animal care protocol, just one person in the field crew needs to be listed on the appropriate Scientific Collectors Permit. To be added to a Scientific Collectors Permit, and to obtain a copy, contact Marilyn Larsen (mlarsen2@wisc.edu).

When do I need an animal care protocol? 
Any time your course or research project involves sampling, observing, capturing, handling, etc., any vertebrate species (generally this means fish for us) or any part of the UW campus (including off campus facilities like Trout Lake Station) and/or is funded in part or whole by grants administered through the UW.  Check the UW RARC website at http://www.rarc.wisc.edu/ for more information

 

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 (mlarsen2@wisc.edu).


How can I find out if my project/course is already covered by an approved animal care protocol?
Check out the currently approved Animal Care Protocols in the 'groups' folder on the CFL server named "Animal Care" or or contact Marilyn Larsen.

How do I get started writing an animal care protocol?
The blank protocol form can be downloaded from the RARC website (http://www.rarc.wisc.edu/). Read through some of the currently approved CFL Animal Care Protocols under Groups/CFL Animal Care for pointers on the language and level of detail needed for protocols. Many times it is easier to modify an existing, approved animal care protocol than to start writing one from scratch. Contact Marilyn Larsen before editing an existing protocol to be sure you are working with the most current version.


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; lisakh@rarc.wisc.edu) 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.

How do I submit my animal care protocol to RARC once it is written?

Marilyn Larsen coordinates submission of all CFL animal care protocols. E-mail your protocol to her well ahead of time, so that she can review it before it is formally sent to RARC. This often helps avoid a lengthy review/rewrite phase by the College Animal Care & Use Committee.  


For comments or suggestions regarding this page, contact Marilyn Larsen.
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