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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 SharePoint and can only be filled out by PI or selected lab staff.  If you have problems with the link, please contact UCAR (5-1693).
  2. Animal Resource Orientation
  3. Facility Tour (SMD, KMRB, or Primate Tour)
  4. CITI Online Training:
    • Investigators, Staff, and Students –Working with an IACUC
    • Species-Specific Training (e.g., mouse, rat, gerbil, rabbit, etc.)
    • Aseptic Surgery (if performing recovery surgery)
    • Reducing Pain & Distress (mice and rats)
  5. University of Rochester Rodent Training: Blackboard Training (for students) or MyPath (for employees):
    • MicroIsolator Technology and hands-on (scheduled after completing online MIT training)
    • Rodent Colony Management
    • Rodent Euthanasia

For rodent users after they have been approved and added to a UCAR protocol:

  1. Rodent Recovery Surgery (aseptic technique) Workshop is required for all new hires who will perform recovery surgery on mice and rats. Contact for additional information on this course. 
  2. Basic rodent handling workshops are required for all new hires who will work with rodents. Mouse Handling Workshops are held once a month.  Contact for additional information on this course.  DLAM conducts the rat handling training and can be contacted by calling 5-2651.

Important Notes:

  • If working with chickens and ferrets, review the DVD or CD available in the UCAR Office. Return the training media and remember to submit the completed training documentation form to UCAR.
  • If working with monkeys, complete the CITI online training and the Primate Safety Training (available in the UCAR Office). Return the training media and submit the completed quiz to UCAR. Contact DLAM (585) 275-2651 to schedule a Primate Tour.

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