Boston University has a mandatory training program, based on federal regulations, that requires training for all animal users to ensure that they are qualified to work with and handle animals. All animal users are required to complete this training prior to working with animals, and the IACUCInstitutional Animal Care and Use Committee IACUC oversee... will not approve animal-use applications until the training has been completed.

IACUC Personnel Training Procedures

In accordance with the University’s Personnel Training & Qualifications Policy, the Boston University Medical Campus IACUC and the Charles River Campus IACUC have developed the following required training program for all individuals working with laboratory animals.

IACUC Training

All individuals working with laboratory animals must complete IACUC training prior to being approved to work on an IACUC protocol. This will provide information on animal welfare regulations, PHS policies, and basic IACUC policies and standards. These courses are available online through BioRAFT.

BU IACUC Orientation

This one-time training is required of all principal investigators and personnel who will work with live vertebrate animals at BU and must be completed before an individual can be approved on an animal care and use protocol.

Working with the IACUC

This training is a requirement for all persons who will work with live vertebrate animals at BU. This course must be completed before an individual can be approved on an animal care and use protocol and every three years thereafter.

AALAS Learning Library

Various courses can be accessed through the AALAS Learning Library including those trainings that may be required by the Animal Science Center. Other courses can be accessed under “Libraries” and “Animal Care and Use Courses” including “Species-Specific” courses. All individuals working with laboratory animals at Boston University have access to an online learning library through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). It can be accessed via BioRAFT.