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IACUC Training

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.

To be compliant with this federal mandate, training, under the purview of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) JMU moved to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) curriculum for all Human Subjects Research in January 2010.

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.

Please follow the steps listed below to select the required "Working with the IACUC, Lab Animal Research" training for animal research. For a printable version of the complete instructions with screenshots, click here.


  • 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."

    • Important Notice: The Occupational Health and Safety course is now included in the Working with the IACUC course.

  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.  

Important Notice: 
CITI Program has updated their public facing website. The new home page now has a blue Log In button in the top right corner. You will continue to log in with your CITI Program credentials. Once you log in, you will see the same Learner Management System (LMS) interfaces as before.

Technical issues should be addressed to or to (305) 243-7970.