Who must take IACUC training?


  • MTSU faculty, staff, and students who are engaged in research, testing or teaching that involves vertebrate animals MUST complete ethics training in laboratory animal welfare prior to seeking IACUC approval
    • Those MTSU researchers who plan to work with animals at a different Institution MUST adhere by the IACUC regulations of both Institutions
    • If an MTSU PI outsources experiments involving animals to a third party service facility or a different University, the contracting organization must adhere by the IACUC’s training/certification requirements
    • In the above instance, the PI MUST also complete animal welfare training regardless he/she would work directly with animals or not
  • All non-MTSU affiliates, who are collaborators or co-investigators in a protocol that requires MTSU IACUC oversight, MUST have received appropriate training or certification in the proposed procedures
    • The MTSU Office of Compliance will allow the non-MTSU researchers to undergo training if their institution does not have the appropriate resources
  • In addition to the investigating team, all those who would directly or indirectly intervene with the data collection in an MTSU-sponsored research activity involving animals MUST also be certified to perform such activities
  • This requirement also applies to any individual who serve on the IACUC as members or administrators or GAs and student interns who assist the IACUC work flow, regardless of their specific role in the Committee
  • Although other forms of certifications accepted on a case-by-case manner, we STRONGLY recommend researchers to complete appropriate  training through the CITI program (explained below); most CITI training certifications are valid for up to 3 years