Additional Info - IACUC

IACUC Certification

Faculty, researchers and staff who work with vertebrate animals or tissues must be certified by the IACUC as having adequate knowledge and experience to perform their duties.

Five documents are required for IACUC certification each of which must be uploaded to your "Researcher Profile" viewable via the Applications for Research Compliance (ARC) portal.

1. Health and Risk Assessment

  • With the assistance of your Principal Investigator (PI), complete the form entitled "Health and Risk Assessment for Employee Safety in the Care and Use of Animals" (PDF)
  • Sign and have your PI sign this form. Scan, save this form as a PDF, and upload it to item 3.4 of your "Researcher Profile" viewable via the ARC portal.
  • Employees, Students, Contract Personnel, and Volunteers identified at risk for exposure to human blood and/or body fluids in the normal course of their job duties must meet educational requirements and participate in the Hepatitis B vaccination program. The Hepatitis B vaccination series is available at no cost. Please contact your health care provider or one of the following offices:
    • USF employees contact Medical Health Administration at 974-3163 or via email.
    • Moffitt employees contact Occupational Health Department at 745-4276 or via email.
    • VAH employees contact Employee Health floor 6N room #650 972-2000.

2. Orientation - Complete and sign the appropriate orientation form:

  • Facility Orientation of Research Staff (PDF) - Personnel requiring access to an animal facility must contact the facility manager to schedule a facility-specific orientation, during which this form will be completed and signed. Retain this completed and signed form, save it as a PDF, and upload it to item 3.2 of your "Researcher Profile" viewable via the ARC portal.
  • Orientation of Field and Wildlife Research Staff (MS Word) - Personnel planning studies of wildlife in or derived from natural settings must complete and sign this form, save it as a PDF, and upload it to item 3.2 of your "Researcher Profile" viewable via the ARC portal.
  • Orientation of Research Personnel Using Tissues Outside of Animal Facilities (MS Word) - Personnel planning studies that only use animal tissues in areas outside of animal facilities must complete and sign this form, save it as a PDF, and upload it to item 3.2a of your "Researcher Profile" viewable via the ARC portal.

3. Certificate of Training

  • All personnel must complete the AALAS Learning Library training module entitled "Laws, Regulations, Policies, and the Guide - USF Orientation" (Note that JAHVA CITI Training is acceptable in lieu of this module.)
  • Request an AALAS Learning Library account from IACUC.
  • Complete the AALAS tutorial, print the certificate of completion, scan and save it as a PDF, and upload it to item 3.3 of your "Researcher Profile" viewable via the ARC portal.

4. Curriculum Vitae

  • Upload a copy of your CV, bio-sketch, or résumé which details your education/degrees, licenses, certifications, research experience, presentations, and/or publications to item 2.4 of your "Researcher Profile" viewable via the ARC portal.

5. AALAS Basic Rodent Biomethodologies

  • All personnel must complete the AALAS Learning Library training module entitled “Basic Rodent Biomethodologies other than the PI, if planning to use rodents (*). A score of 100% must be made in order to complete the training.
  • Complete the AALAS tutorial, print the certificate of completion, scan and save the document as a PDF, and upload it to item 3.7 of your "Researcher Profile" viewable via the ARC portal.
  • Note: Personnel proposing to use Immune Deficient Mice must upload to their ARC profile a certificate of completion for the AALAS LL course entitled "Handling and Use of Immune Deficient Mice," and a certificate of completion of CM in person training in such procedures, prior to protocol approval.


6. Basic Mouse (or Rat) Handling and Use Techniques

  • "Basic Rodent Biomethodologies - Wet Lab Training" - required by all research staff, other than the PI, if planning to use rodents (*). Please see the Comparative Medicine training website for information.
  • Upon Wet Lab Certificate of Completion, scan and save the document as a PDF, and upload it to item 3.7 of your "Researcher Profile" viewable via the ARC portal.

ARC Registration

  • To establish a "Researcher Profile", request an ARC Account in the ARC Portal by clicking on "Register Here" in the upper right-hand corner of that webpage.
  • Questions regarding ARC registration can be directed to 974-2880 or via email
  • Upon completing ARC registration, upload the four (4) completed, signed documents described above to your "Researcher Profile". An IACUC coordinator will validate that all four uploads have been completed and, if relevant, inform the facility manager that security access to facilities should be granted.
  • The following tutorial videos explain how to obtain and update your ARC account:

James A. Haley VA-based Training

  • All research staff contributing to protocols either funded via the VA Merit Review process or conducted at the JAHVA animal facility must complete at least two training modules via the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) on the CITI Program website.
  • "Working with the IACUC" (Note that AALAS Training is acceptable in lieu of this module.)
  • Species-specific training (e.g., "Introduction to Mice"); if more than one species is to be used, then more than one species-specific tutorial must be completed.
  • Upload a copy of the CITI certification of completion to item 3.3 of your "Researcher Profile" viewable via the ARC portal.


Rodent Aseptic Surgical Training

All Principal Investigators proposing rodent aseptic surgical procedures and research personnel that intend to contribute to such procedures must provide the IACUC with:

  • A certificate of completion for the AALAS Learning Library course entitled "Aseptic Technique in Rodent Survival Surgical Procedures"
  • A certificate of completion of wet lab training in such procedures. Comparative Medicine provides wet lab training to researchers conducting surgical procedures to ensure that good surgical technique is practiced, including, asepsis, gentle tissue handling, minimal dissection of tissue, appropriate use of instruments, effective hemostasis, and correct use of suture materials and patterns.


Basic Mouse (or Rat) Handling and Use Techniques

Personnel requesting IACUC certification must take Basic Rodent Biomethodologies - Wet Lab Training – which is required by all research staff, other than the PI, if planning to use rodents. Personnel must also upload their certificate of completion of hands-on training in basic animal use methodology provided by Comparative Medicine or by an IACUC certified personnel with species experience (e.g., wildlife) to their ARC profile. Comparative Medicine offers formal hands-on wet-laboratory training. Curricula may vary depending on need as requested by research faculty or staff, or as required by the IACUC, and may include basic animal needs, proper animal handling, routes, and methods of substance administration, proper pre-procedural and post-procedural care, aseptic surgical technique, methods of anesthesia and analgesia, use of equipment, and methods of euthanasia. Attendance and curricula are documented.

The Basic Mouse (or Rat) Handling and Use Techniques course 2017 training schedule is offered in rotating facility locations, and includes animal handling and restraint, health assessments of rodents, breeding and weaning, subcutaneous injections (SC), intra-peritoneal injections (IP), oral administrations (PO), blood collection methods (submandibular, saphenous, cardiac), and euthanasia. This can be accessed at the Comparative Medicine website.

After completing the training session, a Basic Mouse Rat Methodologies Training Certificate of Completion document will be provided. Save this document in PDF format and upload it to your ARC profile Animal Researcher Training & Experience under "Other Documents."

If you have any questions about the process, please contact IACUC.