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Animal Care and Use Program



All new personnel are required to complete three training courses prior to being named on protocols or conducting procedures on animals as part of their animal progam access requirements.  Please note that these online courses replace the former orientation offered in a classroom setting.

  •  The Animal Program Orientation is offered as a set of three Skillport training courses:  
     - Courses:
         1. "Animal Program Orientation": requirements for conduct of research involving animals, introduction to the IACUC, protocols, training/personnel qualification forms, Occupational Health program.
         2. "Disease Prevention and Control in the Animal Handling Facilities": infection control
         3. "Standard Operating Procedures": animal facility access, PPE, appropriate behavior
     - The Skillport courses may be found by logging into your campus/student portal ( for UC Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus associates), opening the course catalog and choosing: University of Colorado\OLAR. You must have either a UC Denver Employee number or Person of Interest number to access Skillport (please contact your department administrator to obtain if necessary).
     - A passing grade of 80% is required to complete each course.
     - The IACUC/OLAR offices will be notified once you complete the courses but please allow up to one week for this notification to occur.
  •   Prior to scheduling a facility tour or activation of badge access to the animal facility, personnel must have completed the required personnel qualifications form to perform procedures on animals, Occupational Health Program enrollment, program orientation and be named as an associate on a valid protocol.

PIs are advised to begin the process for themselves/new employees/students as soon as it is known that they will conduct research involving animals: have new employees/students take the training modules detailed above; begin the enrollment in the occupational health program; generate personnel qualifications forms and submit to the IACUC Office (F489). 

Please consider the timelines needed to complete all steps including the facility orientation/walkthrough sessions and plan schedules accordingly.

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