Research - Animal Use
Animal welfare regulations require institutions to ensure that people caring for or using animals are qualified to do so. Oklahoma State University is charged with providing training opportunities to meet these regulations. All personnel (i.e., principal investigators/instructors (PIs), research faculty/staff, graduate students, laboratory technicians, students, etc.) involved in animal care and/or use of live vertebrate animals in research, teaching, or testing at OSU must complete prescribed mandatory training prior to protocol approval and prior to working with animals. View an excerpt from the OSU Animal Care and Use Handbook regarding training policy (PDF).
OSU offers an online web-based training course provided through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), which is hosted by the University of Miami.
Instructions for signing up for the CITI Laboratory Animal Welfare (IACUC) tutorial
- Open your internet browser and go to the CITI Program (https://www.citiprogram.org/). This is the CITI welcome and login/registration page. You must register to obtain a user name and password.
- If you have not previously registered with CITI, click on “Register”. This will take you to a Course Registration page. Proceed to Step 3
Note: If you previously registered with CITI as being affiliated with Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, simply enter your existing username and password in the appropriate fields, which will take you to the “Main Menu” where you can “Add a course or update your learner groups” (This option is located just below the course completion report section). If you previously registered with CITI, proceed to Step 9.
- Under Step 1: Select “Your Organization Affiliation by entering “Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences”. Then click, “Continue to Step 2”.
- Under Step 2: Enter your personal information. Then click “Continue to Step 3”.
- Under Step 3: Enter a username, password, security question and answer. Then click, “Continue to Step 4”.
- Under Step 4: Enter your gender, ethnicity and race. Then click, “Continue to Step 5”.
- Under Step 5: Select “no” to answer the question about whether you are interested in the option of receiving Continuing Education Unit credit for completed courses. Then click, “Continue to Step 6”.
- Complete all required information indicated by an *. For the question on which course you plan to take, select “Laboratory Animal Welfare”. Then click, “Continue to Step 7”.
- For the IACUC training courses, scroll down the page to the Laboratory Animal Welfare section and select the course(s) you were instructed to take. The courses are listed as follows:
- Working with the IACUC
- Essentials for IACUC Members
- Antibody Production
- Minimizing Pain and Distress
- Aseptic Surgery
Check applicable box:
- I work with Mice. Family: Muridae Cricetidae
- I work with Rats. Genus: Rattus
Course selection should be based on the IACUC’s training requirements or instructions provided to you by the IACUC. Select all that apply then click “Complete Registration”. You will return to the “Main Menu” page.
- A new page will appear. Click “Finalize Registration”.
- The “Main Menu,” will come up automatically every time you log into the CITI program. In the center of the Main Menu page, you will see a list of the courses in which you enrolled.
- Select the course you are ready to take.
- Select “Complete the Integrity Assurance Statement before beginning the course”
- Select “I agree” and click “Submit.
- Complete the required modules and any associated quizzes. You should complete the required courses first, and then you may complete any of the elective/optional courses you wish. You do not have to complete the training modules in one sitting. This training is required every three years.
- Once you complete the course(s), you can print a completion report. In addition, you should be able to save your CITI completion report as a Microsoft Word document or a PDF file. CITI will automatically notify the Office of Research of completion results (pass/fail). Print your completion report and keep a copy for your records.
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