Animal Research Mandatory Training

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There are five mandatory requirements to complete Animal Care and Use Training:

STEP 1: CITI on-line training

Florida Atlantic University's IACUC conducts on-line training/certification through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website:

Instructions for CITI Learners:

Note: The CITI portal is a protected site. If you are a new learner at a participating organization you must register to create your own username and password and gain access to the site.

  1. Registering
    • Go to
    • As a new user, click on Register Here to register for the training course.
    • For question number one select Florida Atlantic University from the participating institutions and click Submit. Note: It is important to select FAU from this list; each institution has customized the training modules as appropriate for their needs.
    • Create a unique username, password, security question and answer.
    • Enter the information requested.
  2. After Registering, enroll in your course(s)

Note: Animal Users start at question number 7 IACUC Lab Animal Welfare Course

Note: All CITI course offerings are on a three-year renewal cycle.
This means that a refresher course will be due three years after you first complete a course. CITI will send you emails to remind you when a refresher course is due.  It is important to adjust your email privacy settings so that you can receive these important emails.

All animal users must complete the course entitled "Mandatory general training for all animal users". Completion of additional courses is dependent on your area of research (lab, biomedical, field etc.), species you are working with and procedures being used.

STEP 2: Attend the workshop entitled "Ethical Use of Animals, IACUC Function and the 3R's"

Sign up for workshop via the calendar.

STEP 3: Hands-on Training (Applicable to rodent users only)

Attend the in-person Hands on Training For Handling and Restraint, Injection Techniques and Euthanasia Techniques (Modules 1, 2 and 3). Sign up via the IACUC training calendar.

If performing surgeries, attend the in-person Hands on Training for Aseptic Surgery. Sign up via the IACUC training calendar.

STEP 4: Facilities Orientation (Applicable to rodent users only)

Contact Carrie List at to schedule an in-person Facilities Orientation.  Please include your PI and campus in the email.

FINAL STEP: Adding Personnel to the Protocol

The final step to having a trained individual work with animals in research is to include them as approved project personnel.  

For an existing protocol, please submit a protocol amendment to the IACUC office and wait for it to be approved prior to new personnel beginning work with animals in research. If there are issues downloading this file use Internet Explorer browser or download the file and open.

For a new protocol, please include all project personnel on the protocol application. The application will not receive final approval until all those listed on the protocol complete the training as described above.

Separate requirements:

You must enroll in FAU's Occupational Health Program.

This is a mandatory step towards finishing your training, allowing you to work with animals in research at FAU. Please see Medical Monitoring Animal Use for more information and to enroll in the program. Contact EH&S with any questions regarding enrollment into the Medical Monitoring Animal Use program.


Contact Kristen Ware, at 561.297.0961 or Dana Mulvaney, at 561.297.4992 with any questions regarding IACUC training.