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For questions, comments and concerns, or if you need initial IACUC training, please contact our Compliance Coordinator Sharon Aborn at 860-486-4408 or Sharon.Aborn@UConn.edu.
Principal Investigators (PI)
Mandatory for ALL Laboratory Personnel
Highly Recommended for ALL Laboratory Personnel
Dependent on Specific Laboratory and Individual Responsibilities
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is charged with responsibility for reviewing the University of Connecticut's program for the humane care and use of animals in research and teaching as described in its Assurance and University Policy. The IACUC is created by and subject to federal law: the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS 1986), the USDA Animal Welfare Act/Regulations (CFR 1985) and related Guides. Members include scientists and nonscientists, veterinarians and nonaffiliated individuals from the community. Members are appointed by the President on recommendation of the Vice President for Research (VPR).
Initial IACUC Training is a requirement for everyone working with live vertebrate animals at the University of Connecticut in accordance with the policies and guidelines set forth in the "Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" (PHS 1986), the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" (ILAR 2011), the USDA Animal Welfare Regulations (CFR 1985) and the "Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Agricultural Research and Teaching."
Retraining is required for faculty PIs on a triennial basis (once every three years). All other animal users (staff, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates) must complete IACUC retraining on an annual basis.
Option 1 – Classroom Sessions - Schedule at https://research.uconn.edu/iacuc/iacuc-training/
Option 2 - ONLINE
Click here to complete the online IACUC course
**Please note: You must select “Working with the IACUC course” and NOT the “IACUC review course” to receive credit for the initial IACUC training requirement. For individuals that are due for the annual retraining, both courses are acceptable.
To provide comprehensive environmental health and safety services for the University community by developing and administering effective policies and procedures that prevent personal injuries and maintain regulatory compliance in the areas of biological, chemical, occupational, and radiation safety, thereby supporting the University's mission of teaching, research, and public service.
EHS Training Module specific to ANSCI barn employees - online or in person
EHS Training Module Schedule for ANSCI barn employees
How often do you tie your shoe laces? How often do you buckle your seat belt? And have you ever put on shin guards for soccer, a helmet for baseball or even goggles for swimming? For most of us, these preparations don’t take much forethought and only take a minute or so out of our busy day. This is what we are striving for in the Animal Science Department at UConn.
Any tool or piece of equipment that you “don” or put on to protect yourself from injury or pain is considered personal protective equipment(PPE). Here are a few tips on the most common types of PPE that are used in our beloved department. *Caution* These tips will do more than protect you, they’ll impress your managers and help you keep your job!!
Appropriate Clothing or Uniforms
Steel Toed Boots
**One Last Tip......**
It’s THE pet peeve of some professors in this department that students wear open toed shoes in laboratories. Closed toed shoes are required in all laboratories and at all livestock units even if you are “just visiting”. Let’s try to keep our professors and our toes happy!