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ORIENTATION TO ANIMAL RESEARCH AT PENN (Updated 8/18/16) 

 

 

Introduction

The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy require that all personnel involved in animal use and research be appropriately trained and qualified.  To ensure that this requirement is fulfilled at the University of Pennsylvania, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has adopted the following training program.

 

 

Requirements

 

New Form A/POAP or 3-Year Renewal

Prior to IACUC approval of a new Form A or POAP or their renewal, all personnel listed on the protocol (excluding the Business Administrator) must complete the following trainings:

  • Penn Profiler
  • Regulations and the IACUC Curriculum
  • Occupational Health and Safety training
    • Occupational Health and Safety: Macaque Users Orientation for those using macaques
    • Occupational Health and Safety: Animal Users Orientation for all others
  • Species-Specific Training Curricula (see "Additional Training Information" section below)
    • Online pre-requisite (for any species listed on the protocol) for all personnel
    • Hands-on training (for any species listed on the protocol) for all personnel who will be handling animals, excluding VHUP employees listed on a POAP
  • Procedure-specific trainings, as applicable, depending upon the procedures on which personnel are listed
  • Trainings required by other departments (e.g., EHRS)

Amendment

Prior to IACUC approval of an amendment, all personnel listed on the protocol (excluding the Business Administrator) must complete the following trainings:

  • Penn Profiler
  • Occupational Health and Safety: Macaque Users Orientation (if applicable)
  • Species-Specific Training Curriculum if a new species is added through the amendment (see "New Form A/POAP or 3-Year Renewal" section above for specific circumstances; also see "Additional Training Information" section below)
  • Procedure-specific trainings, as applicable, if personnel are added to a new procedure
  • Trainings required by other departments (e.g., EHRS)

New personnel added by an amendment must complete all trainings as described above under "New Form A/POAP or 3-Year Renewal".

 

Continuing Review

Prior to IACUC approval of a Continuing Review, all personnel listed on the protocol (excluding the Business Administrator) must complete the following trainings:

  • Penn Profiler
  • Occupational Health and Safety: Macaque Users Orientation (if applicable)

New Housing Application or 3-Year Renewal

Prior to IACUC approval of a new Housing Application or its renewal, all personnel listed on the protocol must complete the following trainings:

  • Penn Profiler
  • Regulations and the IACUC Curriculum
  • Species-Specific Training Curriculum, both online and hands-on components, for the species on the protocol (see "Additional Training Information" section below)
  • Managing Satellite Housing

There is also an optional "SHEPHERD Orientation" training available outlining the use of the SHEPHERD system.

 

New Offsite Application or 3-Year Renewal

Prior to IACUC approval of a new Offsite Application or its renewal, all personnel listed on the protocol (excluding the Business Administrator) must complete the following trainings:

  • Penn Profiler
  • Regulations and the IACUC Curriculum
  • Occupational Health and Safety training for any personnel working with animals at the offsite location
    • Occupational Health and Safety: Macaque Users Orientation for those using macaques
    • Occupational Health and Safety: Animal Users Orientation for all others
  • Species-Specific Training Curricula, both online and hands-on components, for the species on the protocol for any personnel working with animals at the offsite location (see "Additional Training Information" section below)

 

Please note that the above listings are general training requirements and there may be other requirements or exceptions to these rules. Please see the “Training Requirements” policy on the Guidelines and Policies page of this website for a complete list of requirements, special circumstances that may result in modified requirements (see the "Special training requirements" section of the policy), and a link to training reciprocity agreements with CHOP and Wistar.

 

Please contact the department in charge of the training (see below) if you have any questions regarding their training requirements.

 

 

Penn Knowledge Link – Learning Management System

The Penn Knowledge Link - Learning Management System (LMS) is an online program in which the various trainings that are required or offered by the University of Pennsylvania can be accessed. After signing in with your Penn Key and password, you can take web-based courses as well as sign up for instructor-led courses.

 

 

ARIES System User Training

ARIES training sessions are available upon request to researchers and laboratory staff members who create, review, or submit animal use protocols.  These sessions will provide an overview of the ARIES application, including navigation and other features.  Please contact aries@pobox.upenn.edu

 

Additionally, there is an optional "ARIES - Animal Research Information Electronic Submissions Orientation Session" training available in Knowledge Link outlining use of the ARIES system and describing the review process for protocols.

 

 

Additional Training Information

 

Species-Specific Curriculum - ULAR

 

Please note that the curriculum may include two parts:

  • WEB BASED PRE-REQUISITE – The web based trainings are short trainings that introduce you to the species you are using.  They describe basic husbandry, handling, and common procedures performed on the species. 
  • INSTRUCTOR-LED HANDLING LAB – After you have completed the pre-requisite course you can sign up for the hands-on lab.  Some curriculums many not have a web-based pre-requisite.

Upon completion of the instructor-led handling lab, participants will receive a checklist confirming successful completion of the class.  This checklist should be kept for your own records.

 

Please also note the following:

Animal Facility Orientation - ULAR 

If a protocol requires use of a Containment Facility (ABSL 2 agents or higher), the investigator must conduct informational classes for the animal care technical and professional staff prior to beginning the study.  The animal procurement computer system is designed to withhold ordering animals until the facility supervisor of the receiving facility certifies that the investigator has provided the "in-service" training.

 

You can enroll in this instructor-led training through the Penn Knowledge Link - Learning Management System.  Find the facility training that applies to you.

 


Training Assignments

Please note that trainings are assigned by Penn Profiler or the specific departments in charge of the training course.  ARIES does not assign trainings, but only checks for completion of those that are required.  Thus, when checking required trainings in ARIES (by clicking on the Click here to view outstanding training requirements link on the ‘Confirmation’ tab) not all trainings listed may show up on the person's ‘Learning Plan’ screen in Knowledge Link.  In that case, the personnel should use the "Find Learning" box or "Browse all courses" options in Knowledge Link to search for the required course(s) and self-assign them (the "Knowledge Link Help" option can give further assistance).  If the person is still unable to find/assign the required course, please contact the Office of Animal Welfare.

 

 

Contact Information for Training Departments

If you have a question about a particular training, please contact the appropriate department.  The name of the department in charge of the training course is usually part of the course title.  In general, most required trainings for animal protocols are handled by ULAR.  If you are not sure, please contact the Office of Animal Welfare for further assistance.

 

Department/Training              

Contact Information

Knowledge Link

https://lmstranslator.apps.upenn.edu/lmsTranslator/jsp/fast2.do?fastStart=supportRequest

 

http://knowledgelink.upenn.edu/help/

Penn Profiler

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http://knowledgelink.upenn.edu/pennprofiler/

ULAR Training

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https://www.ular.upenn.edu/training/speciesspecifictraining.html

EHRS Training

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http://www.ehrs.upenn.edu/

POLARIS Training

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https://www.ular.upenn.edu/polaris/training.html

Office of Animal Welfare/IACUC Training

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