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Getting Started with Animals on the BUMC

Boston University has a mandatory training program, based on federal regulations, that require training for all animal users to ensure that they are qualified to work with and handle animals. In accordance with the University’s Personnel Training and Qualifications Policy, Boston University’s IACUCs on the Medical Campus  (BUMC) and the Charles River Campus (CRC) require training for all individuals working with laboratory animals.

All animal users are required to complete this training prior to working with animals; the IACUC will not approve animal use applications until training has been completed.
Administrative Requirements
 For access to the BUASC animal facilities:
  • Complete Research Occupational Health Programs (ROHP): Initial Health Assessment forms (IHQ).  Must be cleared by ROHP for access to animal facility and hands on animal training.  There is an annual update requirement beginning one year after initial clearance.
  • Complete IACUC Orientation (online,one-time requirement) All individuals working with laboratory animals must complete IACUC Orientation.  IACUC Refresher Training  This is  an annual requirement, beginning one year after orientation.
  • Complete EHS Lab Safety Training  (classroom or online) This training is an annual requirement, beginning one year after initial training.
  • Complete LASC New Researcher Orientation This lecture covers all aspects of the BUASC animal facilities. This is a one-time requirement.
  • Complete Facility Tour (s) where your animals will be housed. W7, W8,W9, aquatic (700 Albany Street), and R8 (Research),  and M9 (Fuller), and CRC (conventional, barrier, aquatic) .
  • Be listed on an IACUC approved protocol.
  • Complete a security access form and submit to the Main Office.

 BUASC Security Access Application

Access to the animal facility is initiated with the submission of a completed Security Access Application form. The Employee Section must be complete with all pertinent information. Special attention is directed to assure the application contains the following: protocol #, dates of trainings and Medical Surveillance, Principal Investigator signature and applicant signature. In order for access to be granted the applicant must be listed on the specific IACUC protocol. Completed Security Access Applications can be submitted to the LASC via: fax: (617) 638-4055, e-mail: lasc@bu.edu, or mail delivery/personal delivery to 700 Albany St, W707.
In addition to above required trainings:
  • For Researchers housing animals in 670 Albany Street, 8th floor. Attend 670 Barrier Orientation Training with tour.
  • For Researchers working with Non Human Primates and/or  NHP tissue work. Complete Herpes B Virus/ Working Safely with NHPs training.
  • For Researchers working in ABSL-2 or CCL Rooms (W834, W839) on the medical campus. Complete the OSHA Respiratory Medical Evaluation Questionnaire and return to ROHP office. Schedule a N95 repirator fitting with EHS . ABSL-2 or CCL Orientation with tours ONLY for those housing animals in ABSL-2 or CCL rooms.
  • For Researchers conducting survival surgical procedures in animals. Attend Aseptic Surgery Training
    •  LASC Trainings:
        Available LASC Trainings

        New Researcher Orientation (NRO)

        BUASC facility Orientation is one of our Mandatory training requirements for those working with animals. The training covers all aspect of the ASC animal facility including, background history, policies and guidelines, restricted activities, PPE requirements, traffic flow information, disease transmission, training classes and services available. This orientation is followed by tours of the facility by our supervisors in which they will demonstrate correct PPE requirements, entry /exit procedure and decontamination procedures.
        Campus in which
        training applies
        BUMC and CRC
        Location 670 Albany Street, 8th floor, room 826B (training room). Prior to session, please pick up a pass for access to 826B from the main office at 700 Albany St., Room W707.
        Audience All Research and BUASC animal care personnel working  with animals and needing access to the BUASC animal facilities.
        Duration 1.0 hr Lecture Presentation, ~30 min. facility tour, depending on where your animals will be housed. Facility Tours for the medical campus will try to be scheduled immediately following the lecture presentation.
        When Offered (days/times) Check Animal care web site calendar for offerings.
        Teaching Medium Lecture PPT + Tour of building/floors
        Registration Pre-registration is required. Please fill out this form to register. Prior to session, please pick up a pass for access to 826B from the main office at 700 Albany St., Room W707.
        How Often At least twice a month

        670 Barrier Facility Orientation

        This class and tour are ONLY for Research and Animal Care personnel housing rodents in 670- barrier facility and requiring access. Training includes barrier orientation, PPE requirements, entry/exit procedures and decontamination procedures.
        Campus in which
        training applies
        BUMC only
        Location 670 Albany Street, 8th floor
        Audience Only for research personnel and BUASC staff working and housing animals in 670 Barrier facility
        Duration 2hrs
        When Offered (days/times) Schedule as Needed
        Teaching Medium Individual interaction + Tour
        Pre-requisites (Must be completed prior to training) Research Occupational health Program (ROHP) clearance, IACUC Orientation training, New Researcher Orientation(NRO), EHS Lab safety training
        Registration Contact: 670 Operational Manager to sign up, Patrick Gagnon: pggagnon@bu.edu or EmaiI: lasc@bu.edu.
        How often As needed

        Herpes B Virus / Working Safely with Non- Human Primates and Zoonosis

        This training is a mandatory requirement by BUASC and IBC.  This class is required for all Animal Care and Research personnel working directly with Non-Human Primates and/or Non-Human Primate tissues. Training covers what is Herpes B virus, background history , PPE requirement, Safe work practices, zoonosis of the virus, transmission, plan of action in case of a exposure and safety considerations.
        Course Online
        AALAS Learning Library:
        “Herpes B Virus/Working Safely with Non-Human Primates and Zoonosis” (2 courses)
                   1. Health Risks and Safety Procedures for Working with Nonhuman Primates
                    2. Video: Working Safely with Nonhuman Primates
         Must have RIMs account to login to AALAS:
        In order to document the completion of the online courses, you must take the exams.
        After the online courses have been completed, contact the BUASC training specialist for a meeting to go over standard operating procedures in the BUASC Non-Human Primate facilities.
        Campus in which
        training applies
        BUMC and CRC campuses.
        Location 670 Albany Street, 8th floor, room 826B (training room).  Please pick up a pass for access to 826B from the main office at 700 Albany St., Room W707.
        Audience Research staff and Animal care personnel working directly with Non-Human Primates and/or Non-Human Primate Tissues.
        Teaching Medium Online AALAS courses and meeting with BUASC Training Specialist.
        Pre-requisites (Must be completed prior to training) Research Occupational health Program (ROHP) clearance, EHS Lab safety training
        Registration Contact:  BUASC training specialist to sign up, kjbayer@bu.edu or EmaiI: lasc@bu.edu.  Please pick up a pass for access to 826B from the main office at 700 Albany St., Room W707.
        How often As needed

        BUMC ABSL-2 or CCL Orientation

        This orientation and tour are ONLY for those needing access to ABSL-2 or CCL rodent rooms (W-834, W-839).  The orientation will cover PPE requirements, entry/exit procedure, decontamination, and ABSL-2/CCL procedures.
        Campus in which
        training applies
        BUMC Only
        Location CABR Building, 700 Albany Street, W8
        Audience Research staff and ASC animal care staff needing access to rooms, W -834, or W-839 .
        Duration 1hr
        When Offered (days/times) Schedule as Needed
        Teaching Medium Individual demonstration + Tour
        Pre-requisites (Must be completed prior to training)

          
        Research Occupational health Program (ROHP) clearance and respirator clearance, IACUC Orientation training, New Researcher Orientation(NRO), W8 facility tour, EHS Lab safety training, N-95 respirator fitting .
        Registration Pre-registration is required. Please fill out this form to register.
        How often Schedule as Needed

        Aseptic Surgery

        This training is a mandatory BUASC and IACUC requirement for all those listed on Survival Surgery Protocols.  The trainee will learn basic animal pre op and post op animal monitoring skills, how to prepare animals for anesthesia, how to perform an aseptic surgical scrub of  animal and learn basic supportive care of recovering surgery animals, proper utilization of  Observation cage card identification system and surgery monitoring forms.
        Course Online AALAS Learning Library: BU Tracks
        Rodent Aseptic Survival Surgery (4 courses)
             1. Pain Recognition and Alleviation in Laboratory Animals
             2. Post-Procedure Care of Mice and Rats in Research: Minimizing Pain and Distress
             3. Aseptic Technique for Rodent Survival Surgery
             4. LAT 12: Surgical Instruments and Materials

        Hands on “Aseptic Surgical Techniques Lab” with BUASC Training Specialist.

         In order to document the completion of the online courses, you must take the exams.
        After the online courses have been completed,contact the BUASC training specialist for hands on training regarding survival surgery in animals at BU and the BUASC standard operating procedures for survival surgery.

        Campus in which
        training applies
        BUMC and CRC Campus research animal personnel are welcome to attend.
        Location of lab 670 Albany Street, 8th floor, room 826B (training room). Please pick up a pass for access to 826B from the main office at 700 Albany St., Room W707.
        Audience PIs, Research staff, Post doc, Med students, dental students, Grad students and undergrads performing Survival Surgery on animals.
        Duration ~ 1 hour for lab
        When Offered (days/times) Check Animal care web site Calendar for offerings http://www.bu.edu/animalcare/
        Teaching Medium Online AALAS courses and Hands on lab with BUASCtraining specialist.
        Pre-requisite Must complete online courses prior to lab.
        Registration Pre-registration is required for the lab. Please fill out this form to register.  Please pick up a pass for access to 826B from the main office at 700 Albany St., Room W707.
        How often at least twice a month

        Rodent Estrus Detection and WeaningReturn to Top

        Information on Rodent estrus cycle, plug detection, sexing and weaning of pups.
        Office Animal Science Center
        Division BUASC
        Course Title Rodent Estrus Detection and Weaning
        Campus in which
        training applies
        BUMC AND CRC campus
        Location 670 Albany Street, 8th floor, room 826B (training room).  Please pick up a pass for access to 826B from the main office at 700 Albany St., Room W707.
        Audience PIs, research staff, animal care Staff and vet techs.
        Duration 1hr
        When Offered (days/times) as needed
        Teaching Medium Lecture PPT ( Login to Review)
        Pre-requisite Research Occupational health Program (ROHP) clearance, IACUC Orientation training, New Researcher Orientation(NRO), EHS Lab safety training
        Registration EmaiI: lasc@bu.edu.
        How often as needed

        Animal Health Monitoring

        Pictoral Information on recognizing normal animal to recognizing pain and distress and common health issues/signs in rodents and ASC health reporting system.  Power Point  below for your review.
        Office Animal Science Center
        Division BUASC
        Course Title Health Monitoring in Rodents
        Campus in which
        training applies
        BUMC and CRC
        Location 670 Albany Street, 8th floor, room 826B (training room).  Please pick up a pass for access to 826B from the main office at 700 Albany St., Room W707.
        Audience PIs, Research staff, Animal care technicians and Vet techs
        Duration 30 min
        When Offered (days/times) As needed
        Teaching Medium Lecture Power Point ( Login to Review)
        Pre-requisite Research Occupational health Program (ROHP) clearance, IACUC Orientation training, New Researcher Orientation(NRO), EHS Lab safety training
        Registration EmaiI: lasc@bu.edu.
        How often As needed

        Genotyping and Rodent Identification Techniques

        This class teaches techniques to perform safe, sterile, and humane ear punch and tail snip procedures for genotyping purposes.
        Office Animal Science Center
        Division BUASC
        Course Title Genotyping and Rodent Identification
        Campus in which
        training applies
        BUMC and CRC
        Location CABR Building, 700 Albany Street, W902
        Audience PIs, Research staff, Animal Care Technicians and Vet Techs
        Duration 30 min
        When Offered (days/times) As needed
        Teaching Medium PPT (Login to Review)
        Pre-requisite Research Occupational health Program (ROHP) clearance, IACUC Orientation training, New Researcher Orientation(NRO), EHS Lab safety training
        Registration
        Email: lasc@bu.edu
        How often As needed

        Rodent Anesthesia and Equipment Operation

        This class provides guidance to set up and safely use Rodent Inhalant Anesthesia Machine, along with determining the correct vaporizer setting for induction and maintenance.
        Office Animal Science Center
        Division BUASC
        Course Title Rodent Anesthesia and Equipment Operation
        Campus in which
        training applies
        BUMC and CRC
        Location CABR Building, 700 Albany Street, W902
        Audience PIs, Research staff, LASC Animal Care staff and Vet Techs utilizing rodent anesthesia machines.
        Duration 30 min
        When Offered (days/times) As needed
        Teaching Medium Power Point ( Login to Review) and hands on demonstration
        Pre-requisite Research Occupational health Program (ROHP) clearance, IACUC Orientation training, New Researcher Orientation(NRO), EHS Lab safety training
        Registration
        Contact Email: lasc@bu.edu
        How often As needed