Boston University has a mandatory training program, based on federal regulations and in accordance with the University’s Personnel Training and Qualifications Policy, which 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 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee IACUC oversee... will not approve animal use applications until the training has been completed.
Mandatory Training for Access to BU ASC Facilities on Either Campus
1. Complete and Submit Initial Health Questionnaire (IHQ) form to Research Occupational Health
The purpose of the IHQ is to establish a baseline medical history and perform a health risk assessment for each individual. The questionnaire should be completed before work in a research environment begins. The IHQ must be completed by newly hired personnel, including contractors, students, and volunteers, who will perform research or provide support to or have access to areas where research is performed with animals, agents, and hazardous materials. There is an annual update requirement beginning one year after initial clearance. Research Occupational Health Program ROHP is part of the ... will notify of your clearance to enter the animal facility after a review of the IHQ. Submission of the IHQ form to ROHP is not clearance to enter the animal facility. Review and approval to enter the animal facility can take time to process and varies by individual. ROHP will send individuals an email directly let you know that you have been cleared to enter the animal facility.
2. IACUC Training
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.
3. Laboratory (Universal) Safety Training
Classroom or online training option are available for this training. Personnel can choose to attend either. Set up in modules so that personnel can take the portions that apply to their work and type of laboratory. You only need to take the modules pertaining to your work and the type of lab in which you work. For more information, see the Online Training Tutorial. Laboratory safety training is an annual requirement, beginning one year after initial training.
4. BU ASC New Researcher Orientation (NRO) Lecture
New Researcher Orientation is an, online, mandatory training, for all individuals working on either campus for access to the animal facility. The first part of the training is to complete the online lecture and test. The second part of the training is to complete an in-person tour of the animal facility you will be working in (see #5). The course is available via the Research Information Management System Learn more and acc... computer system. The course title is Boston University Animal Science Center New Research Orientation Training NRO, UASC100. If you do not have a RIMS training account, please use the RIMS training registration to create one. Information on how to complete the animal facility training tours is found within the course.
5. BU ASC New Researcher Orientation and Animal Facility Training Tour(s)
6. Ensure You're Listed on an IACUC-approved Protocol
Once you have completed these above six steps, each individual needs to complete and submit a security access for to the BU ASC main office. Specific details on ways to return the form to BU ASC are contained on the form itself. View the Security Access Form
Additional Training Required for Specific Protocol Work
Aseptic Surgery Training
This training is a mandatory training for all those who will be performing survival surgery as part of their protocol work. The training involves completing four online learning modules and then meeting with the BU ASC Training Coordinator to go over your specific surgical protocol. Please contact BU ASC, email@example.com, for additional information on how to complete this course.
Herpes B Virus/Working Safely with Non-Human Primates
This training is required for all animal care and research personnel working directly with non-human primates and/or non-human primate tissues. The training involves completing two online learning modules and then meeting with the BU ASC Training Coordinator for an SOP review and facility walk through. Please contact BU ASC, firstname.lastname@example.org, for additional information on how to complete this course.
Medical Campus ABSL-2 training
TRAINING REQUIRED FOR ACCESS TO THE ABSL-2 ROOM W834 and Chemical Containment Room W839
- Complete the OSHA Respiratory Medical Evaluation Questionnaire and submit to ROHP for N95 respirator clearance.
- Schedule N-95 respirator fit test after you receive clearance form ROHP. Fit tests are scheduled twice a month. Link below to fit testing schedule.
- After fit test, schedule an ABSL-2 orientation/tour for W834 and/or W839 with W8 Operations Supervisor. Please contact BU The Animal Science Center manages and oversees animal-relate..., email@example.com, for contact information for W8 supervisor.
Other Training Requests
Other topics, including but not limited to rodent handling and restraint, injection techniques, rodent estrus detection, and weaning, are available by request. For training requests, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Back to Animal Care & Use