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UCAR requires that you complete training before you can work with animals in the laboratory and/or gain access to the Vivarium. Anyone who enters the vivarium must complete all UCAR required training and must be added to a UCAR protocol.

  1. Complete the online staff modification form to Add Staff, Faculty, or Students to protocols.
    • This form is on REDCap and can only be filled out by PI or selected lab staff.  If you have problems with the link, please contact UCAR (275-1693). 
    • NOTE:  Submitting the online staff modification form is the first step for individuals who will be added to a Principal Investigator's UCAR protocol(s).  Investigators and new hires will be notified by email when they have been added to the protocol once ALL UCAR training is completed.  
    • Starting 3/30/2020, when the Add Personnel form is submitted in REDCap, the initial email that is sent to the individual who will be added to a protocol and to the person who submitted the Add Personnel form, will contain a link to sign up for Animal Resource Orientation.  
    • Due to COVID-19, Animal Resource Orientation can be completed in MyPath until further notice.  Any questions, please contact
  2. Facility Tour (SMD, KMRB, or Primate Tour)
  3. CITI Online Training:
    • Investigators, Staff, and Students –Working with an IACUC
    • Species-Specific Training (e.g., mouse, rat, gerbil, rabbit, non-human primate, zebrafish, etc.)
    • Aseptic Surgery (if performing recovery surgery)
    • Reducing Pain & Distress (mice and rats)
  4. University of Rochester MyPath Rodent Training:
    • MicroIsolator Technology (online then hands-on)
    • Rodent Colony Management 2020
    • Rodent Euthanasia - Carbon dioxide (CO2) euthanasia
    • Birds
    • Ferrets (new April 2020)
  5. Other Species Training:
    • If working with monkeys, complete the Primate Safety Training (available in the UCAR Office). Return the training media and submit the completed quiz to UCAR. Contact DCM at (585) 275-2651 to schedule a Primate Tour.

Important Notes on Workshops

  • Rodent Recovery Surgery (aseptic technique) Workshop is required for all surgeons who will perform recovery surgery on mice, rats and birds. Basic rodent handling workshops are required for all new hires with less than one year of experience who will work with rodents.  Rodent Recovery Surgery (aseptic technique) and Rodent (mouse & rat) Handling Workshops are held once a month.
  • When you receive the UCAR Approval email indicating you have been added to a protocol, you will receive an email from REDcap, if your are required to complete the workshops with upcoming workshop dates.  Contact if you have additional questions. ​
  • You will be given 60 days after you have been approved and added to a protocol to attend the required workshop(s).  If you do not attend, you may be removed from the protocol and your access to the vivarium will be removed.

Environmental Health and Safety Training

Online tutorial: Environmental Health and Safety Industrial Hygiene Unit Safety Training (if working in a laboratory)

OLAW Training

OLAW Training (Web videos)

  • Working Safely with Non-Human Primates
  • Working with the Laboratory Dog
  • Training in Survival Rodent Surgery