ORIENTATION TO ANIMAL RESEARCH AT PENN (Updated 6/10/15)
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.
Prior to IACUC approval of a new protocol or renewal, all personnel listed on the protocol (excluding the Business Administrator) must complete "Penn Profiler" and the "Regulations and the IACUC" curriculum. Occupational health and safety training must also be completed, depending on the species being used: Those using macaques must complete "Occupational Health and Safety: Macaque Users Orientation", while those using any other species must complete "Occupational Health and Safety: Animal Users Orientation". Additionally, nearly all personnel must complete at least the online portion of the species-specific training for any species listed on the protocol (for those actually handling the animals, the hands-on portion of the training will also be required). There may be other trainings required depending upon the procedures on which personnel are listed, as well as those required by other departments (e.g., EHRS). A reciprocity agreement exists with CHOP and Wistar (see below), so personnel may be able to be exempted from some trainings if they have been completed at one of these other institutions.
Prior to IACUC approval of an amendment, "Penn Profiler", "CO2 Euthanasia in Rodents" (if applicable), "Occupational Health and Safety: Macaque Users Orientation" (if applicable), as well as any new species- or procedure-specific trainings triggered by the amendment, must be current for all personnel listed on the protocol. Additionally, new personnel added by an amendment must complete all trainings assigned to them.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
If you will be entering an animal facility and/or handling animals you must complete the curriculum for each species you will use.
If you began working with animals at Penn before 2002, you may be exempt from the instructor-led portion of the Curriculum.
Please be aware that if you need hands-on training for species other than mice, rats, and rabbits, the principle investigator may need to provide the animal. The animal used for training must be naive. Only procedures outlined in that animal's protocol will be performed unless the animal is transferred to the ULAR Training Protocol. If any animals need to be anesthetized, they will be fully recovered following the lab.
ULAR Training also offers specialized training by request. These include but are not limited to: micro tattooing procedures, catheterization procedures, and anesthesia workshops.
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.
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.