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Animal Care and Use Program


Requirements for Conduct of Research Involving Animals

(Note: the first four steps may be completed in any order.)

  1. Program Orientation The orientation consists of three training modules/courses accessed via CU Skillport.  The first course, "Animal Program Orientation", is an introduction to the UC Denver Animal Program (IACUC).  The next two courses, "Disease Prevention and Control in the Animal Housing Facilities" and "Standard Operating Procedures" are specific to the UC Denver (and associated) animal facilities (OLAR).  You must complete all three courses with a passing grade of 80%.  The IACUC/OLAR offices will be notified of your completion of the courses via Skillport.
  2. Occupational Health – contact 303-724-9030 to schedule an appointment.  Please bring your immunization records, your initial medical surveillance questionnaire, your employee ID # and a speedtype (account to which any tests/immunizations will be charged) to your appointment. Please see the Occupational Health page for more information. 
  3. Qualifications to perform procedures on animals - send Personnel Qualifications (PQ) form to IACUC Office at Mail Stop F489.  Please fill out the form and use the sample form to help you complete it correctly.  Please see our website for copies of the forms.
  4. PI must email the IACUC office confirming that the new associate should be added to their protocol(s).
  5. Associated on a Protocol Once the above four steps are completed, the IACUC office will add the new associate to the appropriate protocol(s) and then send the PI, the associate and Lorraine Bell (OLAR Training Manager) an email informing you of this fact.   Please then schedule your facility tour with her.  Please note that you should allow at least 1 week after completing the above four steps before being added to a protocol(s). 
  6. Facility Access – contact Lorraine Bell to schedule the access tour at Once the tour and access practial are completed Ms. Bell will process your badge activation.
  7. Other:
    1. Web Animal Ordering - For those personnel who need access to the online animal ordering system, please take the WAO Skillport training module in order to be granted access (see WAO page for instructions).  After completing the quiz, please email Daniel Munoz at Daniel. Munoz with the following information: date of skillport training, name of PI, and protocol numbers for which you are authorized.
    2. Online Protocol Software - TOPAZ - Access to TOPAZ is given to animal protocol Principal Investigators and up to a maximum of two additional members of their lab.  PIs must have a faculty level appointment in the CU system or at the VA or Denver Health.  Please call 303-724-1056 to arrange for access.  At a minimum, a personnel qualifications form must be submitted to the IACUC office before access to TOPAZ is granted.  Researchers from outside the CU system/VA/Denver Health should call Dr. Mark Douse at 303-724-1057 for further assistance.

Anyone involved in animal procedures must complete the first six steps above.  Please contact the IACUC Office [303-724-1056] for more information.

In order to comply with Federal Regulations requiring the IACUC to ensure that those named on animal protocols are appropriately trained to perform the procedures listed on the protocol, updated personnel qualifications forms are to be submitted with each protocol submission or addition of new personnel to an approved protocol.

Personnel Qualifications forms must contain up-to-date information on training, and signature dates must be concurrent with the submission.  The 'amount of experience' should define the number of months/years for which the procedures have been carried out and by whom training was provided.  If the associate does not have prior experience in a procedure, write “in training” for the ‘amount of experience” and who will train the associate in the ‘training” field.

The IACUC requires that the Personnel Qualifications form be completed and signed by the associate and then reviewed and signed off by the PI (to assure the IACUC that appropriate training for the procedures detailed on the protocol has taken place).  Please also detail the procedures which will be the responsibility of the associate for each protocol number provided.  Please have the forms signed by the associate and the PI

The IACUC Office advises that the PQ form information be typed and copies saved electronically to facilitate future updates and submissions.

Please be aware that workshops/classes on a number of topics on procedures involving animal manipulations are offered, with no charge to researchers, by the Animal Care Program.  Please see our training page for more information.

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