Investigators are ultimately responsible for compliance with all applicable regulations concerning Animal Laboratory Welfare. However, it is the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the institutional veterinary that normally interprets the animal welfare regulations and establishes guidelines for investigators to follow that will satisfy these principles. Faculty must complete the online training prior to IACUC approval.

Federal guidelines under the purview of the Federal Office of Animal Laboratory Welfare mandate that all investigators and key personnel who are frequently and directly involved be properly trained prior to working with animal subjects. This requirement is in accordance with our Federal Wide Assurance filed with Office of Laboratory Welfare filed with the Office of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health.

Please direct all researchers whether they are students, staff or faculty to complete the online training described below.

Educational Materials - The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) has developed a course on Research involving animal lab welfare that is available on-line. The course covers the core animal welfare instructional areas to include working with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Federal Mandates, Alternatives, Personnel Training, Occupational Health and Safety and more.

important notice

Single Sign-On (SSO) is now available, which allows you to register and login to CITI Program with your JMU e-ID and password.

If you have a JMU e-ID, please follow these instructions.

If you do NOT have a JMU e-ID, please follow these instructions.

CITI Program is protected with Duo 2-factor authentication.


  • Training is valid for up to 3 years.
  • You do not need a JMU e-id to register for training.
  • Training is free.
  1. Go to and click "Register Here." Complete the steps to register a member profile and to affiliate with JMU.

  2. Select ONLY "I need to take courses regarding research involving Lab Animals."

  3. Select "The 'Working with the IACUC Course' is required if you plan to use laboratory animals in your work or plan to supervise such work"

  4. Select species-specific courses as they pertain to your work.

  5. From the Main Menu, click on the course title to begin the training.  


 Technical issues should be addressed to or to 888-529-5929.

Transfer Training

If training was completed at another institution within the past (3) years, you can affiliate with JMU and transfer your training over.

  1. After logging into your CITI Program account, click on the link Add Institutional Affiliation.
  2. Type James Madison University in the search box.
  3. Confirm you have selected the right institution and agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  4. Answer the member information questions and enroll in the course(s).

Please Note: To transfer course credit between institutions, you will need to be affiliated with both institutions (your previous institution and JMU). When you are affiliated with both institutions, enroll in the courses that need to be transferred  You will need to enroll in the same stage of the course (Basic / Refresher) for a transfer to occur.

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