Training Overview

The National Research Council’s 8th Edition of The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Animal Welfare Act (USDA Regulations) require that only trained and qualified personnel work with animals.  For example, The Guide states (regarding research staff):

         ‘The institution should provide appropriate education and training to members of research
         teams—including principal investigators, study directors, research technicians, postdoctoral
         fellows, students, and visiting scientists—to ensure that they have the necessary knowledge and
         expertise for the specific animal procedures proposed and the species used. Training should be
         tailored to the particular needs of research groups; however, all research groups should receive
         training in animal care and use legislation, IACUC function, ethics of animal use and the concepts
         of the Three Rs, methods for reporting concerns about animal use, occupational health and safety
         issues pertaining to animal use, animal handling, aseptic surgical technique, anesthesia and analgesia,
         euthanasia, and other subjects, as required by statute. Continuing education programs should be
         offered to reinforce training and provide updates that reflect changes in technology, legislation, and
         other relevant areas. Frequency of training opportunities should ensure that all animal users have
         adequate training before beginning animal work.’


The Duke animal program recognizes that the goal of all training is to assure the individual working with the animals has satisfactory qualifications and effective skills for the procedures they are approved to do.  The Duke animal program also acknowledges that many professionals are sensing a 'training overload' in today's world.  Even so, research is dynamic and thus requires both initial and on-going training for assured proficiency. As such, Duke uses a tiered approach for animal research and care staff training, providing core information and skills and then supplementing the core training with Annual Refresher and Continuing Education.

RESEARCH ANIMAL COORDINATOR (RAC) Certification Program:
The Duke Animal Care & Use Program offers a training and certification program for individuals wishing to serve as their laboratory ‘go-to’ person for animal care and use activities. Referred to as the Research Animal Coordinator (RAC) certification program, individual’s who participate in this program will receive specific and detailed information concerning animal care & use at Duke. Those who achieve certification may be designated by the Principal Investigator to serve as the laboratory coordinator for all animal activities and provide in-lab guidance regarding animal care & use at Duke. For more information, visit Duke RAC Certification Program.  This is the most robust form of local training for members of the research community, and occurs after completion of the REQUIRED TRAINING (see below).


REQUIRED TRAINING FOR RESEARCHERS (Protocol Participants listed in Protocol Section A-3):

The animal program has published a list of training requirements for research personnel.  Visit this link to review which of the institution's training modules you may be required to complete.

  • All individuals who will have risk of developing animal related disease (defined as handling or contacting animal or animal tissues) are required to complete the Animal Users Training (Parts I and II). To access this web based training module, click here.

  • Those individuals working on mouse or rat protocols where CO2 is a method of euthanasia must also complete the CO2 web module. To access this web based training module, click here.

  • Those individuals who will be using controlled substance for anesthesia, analgesia, sedation, or euthanasia will complete the Controlled Substances module.   To access this web based training module, click here.


  •    VOLUNTARY CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:

  • Review IACUC-selected Continuing Education Articles: Visit the Current Listing of CEU Articles that may be of interest. 

  • Attending a Duke Brown Bag Seminar:   The BB Seminars are announced regularly in the 'Animal Tracks' E-newsletter.  You may also email w.wade@duke.edu for the next scheduled BB Seminar. You receive 1.0 CEU for each BB Seminar you attend.

  • Reading the Current Edition(s)  of the Institution's E-Newsletter 'Animal Tracks': The Duke animal program has named it's E-newsletter 'Animal Tracks' because we respect the contribution of animals to research. In a sense, we see the 'tracks' of animals on all medical advancements, both past and present ... and we look to the 'tracks' of animals for the future developments of improved health and well being for humans and animals.. 'Animal Tracks' is published approximately monthly, and electronically distributed to the Duke research community. The archived issues are available below; retrieve by clicking on an issue. 

  • Completion of AALAS Learning Library Modules: The Duke animal program holds an institutional license for this web resource. Usernames and passwords are provided to all members of the Duke animal research community by emailing w.wade@duke.edu. There is NO COST for members of the Duke animal care or use community. Visit the Learning Library for a complete listing of available courses (https://www.aalaslearninglibrary.org/). You receive 1.0 CEU for each module you complete. 

  • Completion of an OESO Safety Website On-Line Module Having an 'Animal Research' orientation:  The OESO provides on-line training in a variety of subjects, specifically focusing on Duke issues and concerns. Visit http://www.safety.duke.edu/ and select the 'ONLINE TRAINING' option. You do receive 1.0 CEU for each module you complete which has animal research implications.

  • Attending CE seminars given by DLAR or the Duke Lemur Center: Each activity post their seminar series separately.  Contact Randall Reynolds (randall.reynolds@duke.edu ) for the DLAR seminar schedule and contact Cathy Williams (cathy.williams@duke.edu ) for the Lemur Center seminar series.  You receive 1.0 CEU for each DLAR or DLC seminar you attend.

  •  Attending an IACUC- or animal use-related regional or national conference: These meetings are held through out the year and include such activities as the NCABR, AALAS, AAALAC, AVMA, SOT, etc,  CEUs are based upon the conference criteria and conference CEU awarding policy. 

  •  Attending an IACUC Programmatic Meetings (RACs Only):  This option is available only to graduate RACs of the Duke Animal program. 

  •  IACUC Member Training (IACUC members only):  This option is available only to IACUC members who either attend the monthly meeting, or receive and review the E-training document provided afer each monthly meeting.  You receive 1.0 CEU for each Duke IACUC monthly training activity (e.g., meeting attendance or post-meeting training document review).

  •  Other continuing education activities:


    2016 ANIMAL TRACKS E-NEWSLETTER
    2016 Issue #1 2016 Issue #2 2016 Issue #3
    2016 Issue #4 2016 Issue #5  
    2015 ANIMAL TRACKS E-NEWSLETTER
    2015 Issue #1 2015 Issue #2 2015 Issue #3
    2015 Issue #4 2015 Issue #5 2015 Issue #6
    2015 Issue #7 2015 Issue #8 2015 Issue #9
    2015 Issue #10 2015 Issue #11  
    2014 ANIMAL TRACKS E-NEWSLETTER
    2014 Issue #1 2014 Issue #2 2014 Issue #3
    2014 Issue #4 2014 Issue #5 2014 Issue #6
    2014 Issue #7 2014 Issue #8 2014 Issue #9
    2014 Issue #10 2014 Issue #11  
    2013  ANIMAL TRACKS E-NEWSLETTER
    2013 Issue #1 2013 Issue #2 2013 Issue #3
    2013 Issue #4 2013 Issue #5 2013 Issue #6
    2013 Issue #7 2013 Issue #8 2013 Issue #9 & #10
    2012  ANIMAL TRACKS E-NEWSLETTER
    2012 Issue #1 2012 Issue #2 2012 Issue #3
    2012 Issue #4 2012 Issue #5 2012 Issue #6
    2012 Issue #7 2012 Issue #8 2012 Issue #9 & #10
    2011  ANIMAL TRACKS E-NEWSLETTER
    2011 Issue #1 2011 Issue #2 2011 Issue #3
    2011 Issue #4 2011 Issue #5 2011 Issue #6
    2011 Issue #7 2011 Issue #8 2011 Issue #9
    2011 Issue #10    
    2011  ANIMAL TRACKS E-NEWSLETTER
    2011 Issue #1 2011 Issue #2 2011 Issue #3
    2011 Issue #4 2011 Issue #5 2011 Issue #6
    2011 Issue #7 2011 Issue #8 2011 Issue #9
    2011 Issue #10    
    2010  ANIMAL TRACKS E-NEWSLETTER
    2010 Issue # 1 2010 Issue # 2 2010 Issue # 3
    2010 Issue # 4 2010 Issue # 5 2010 Issue # 6
    2010 Issue # 7 2010 Issue # 8 2010 Issue # 9
    2010 Issue # 10
    2009  ANIMAL TRACKS E-NEWSLETTER
    2009 Issue # 1 2009 Issue # 2 2009 Issue # 3
    2009 Issue # 4 2009 Issue # 5 2009 Issue # 6
    2009 Issue # 7 2009 Issue # 8 2009 Issue # 9
    2009 Issue # 10
    2008  ANIMAL TRACKS E-NEWSLETTER
    2008 Issue # 1 2008 Issue # 2 2008 Issue # 3
    2008 Issue # 4 2008 Issue # 5 2008 Issue # 6
    2008 Issue # 7 2008 Issue # 8 2008 Issue # 9
    2008 Issue # 10
    2007  ANIMAL TRACKS E-NEWSLETTER
    2007 Issue # 1 2007 Issue # 2 2007 Issue # 3
    2007 Issue # 4 2007 Issue # 5 2007 Issue # 6
    2007 Issue # 7 2007 Issue # 8 2007 Issue # 9
    2007 Issue # 10 2007 Issue # 11 2007 Issue # 12
    2006  ANIMAL TRACKS E-NEWSLETTER
    2006 Issues # 1 2006 Issue # 2 2006 Issue # 3
    2006 Issue # 4 2006 Issue # 5 2006 Issue # 6
    2006 Issue # 7 2006 Issue # 8 2006 Issue # 9
    2006 Issue # 10

     Brown Bag Seminar Notes: Download a copy of the BB Seminar handout below:  
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    Non-Pharmaceutical Grade Substances / Controlled Substance Management
    Aseptic Surgical Technique for Rodents
    Preparing Your Lab for an IACUC Inspection
    Understanding the AAALAC Accreditation Site Visit Process
    How to Write a Protocol the IACUC will Approve
    Mouse Breeding 101 (Suggestions & Tips)
    Duke Protocol Form (Suggestions on Completing the Application)
    Sanitation for the Research Animal Laboratory Member
    Factors Affecting Research
    ABCs of Daily Animal Observations
    Administrator's Seminar on the Animal Program
    RCR Forum- Factors Affecting Research

    For a list of Upcoming Brown Bag Seminars, email Bill Wade for details.