Office of Research Integrity

Education & Training

MUSC has a mandatory minimum training program, Collaborative Institution Training Initiative (CITI) animal modules, for all personnel involved in the care and use of laboratory animals.

All PIs and all protocol personnel needing access to the animal facilities must complete the MUSC Barrier Training offered through the Division of Lab Animal Resources (DLAR).

All PIs describing survival or non-survival surgical procedures in their protocol and all protocol personnel who will perform or participate in surgical procedures as part of their described duties must complete the MUSC Surgical Training Course available through DLAR.

All PIs describing physical means of euthanasia without prior anesthetic and all protocol personnel who will perform or participate in physical means of euthanasia without prior anesthetic as part of their described duties must complete the MUSC Euthanasia Training appropriate to their procedure.

DLAR also provides various training opportunities for other animal care and use procedures, and schedules training upon request.  There is no charge for DLAR training sessions.

Additional educational offerings are provided through the IACUC Office, and may be on a scheduled basis, arranged through request, or required for specific procedures or purposes.

Individual duties will determine which modules must be completed by additional protocol personnel, and the descriptions next to each module will help clarify that issue and reduce processing delays associated with requirements that personnel complete additional modules. The PI, in accordance with the PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR STATEMENT OF ASSURANCE agreed to and signed as part of the Vertebrate Animal Review Application (VARA) when submitting a new protocol or three-year renewal, is responsible for ensuring that all protocol personnel are properly listed in the original application or by submission of a Change in Personnel Amendment after completion of relevant training modules and sessions.

Base Module required for all PIs and protocol personnel.

  • Working with the IACUC

Procedure-Specific Modules

  • Antibody Production in Animals - Required for PI using model, and for protocol personnel when specific duties will involve working with animals used for antibody production.
  • Reducing Pain and Distress in Laboratory Mice and Rats - Required for PI and ALL protocol personnel when any rodent procedure on the protocol is deemed to be Category D or Category E.

Species-Specific Modules required for PI using the animal model, and for protocol personnel who will handle a particular species as part of their specific duties on the protocol.

  • Working with Mice in Research Settings
  • Working with Rats in Research Settings
  • Working with Rabbits in Research Settings
  • Working with Swine in Research Settings
  • Working with Fish in Research Settings
  • Working with Amphibians in Research Settings
  • Working with Hamsters in Research Settings
  • Working with Guinea Pigs in Research Settings
  • Working with Gerbils in Research Settings
  • Working with Dogs in Research Settings
  • Working with Cats in Research Settings
  • Working with Ferrets in Research Settings
  • Working with Non-Human Primates in Research Settings 

CITI and DLAR Training completion will be reported to the IACUC office, and all protocol personnel will be subject to spot checks to confirm training completion at the discretion of the IACUC members or administration. Required training for which confirmation of completion is not available may delay release of protocol approval.