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Animal Care Training

CITI Login

All personnel involved in animal care, treatment, and use are federally mandated to demonstrate the skills and knowledge to properly care for and handle animals to ensure animal well-being and personnel safety. WVU is required to provide such training and keep records for all persons who complete this training.

Regulatory Training

Regulatory training for animal care and use at WVU is done through the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) program and is required for all research personnel listed on an animal use protocol. This training must be updated every 3 years and records of regulatory training are maintained by the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance.

Instructions for completing the regulatory training

  • Click on CITI login.
  • There will be a table titled "West Virginia University Courses" listing the courses you have taken.
  • If the course(s) you need to take is/are not listed, click ‘Add a Course or Update Learner Group’ in the box at the bottom labeled “My Learner Tools for West Virginia University”.
  • Each researcher is required to complete the following:
    • Question 4 - Choose the course(s) that most directly reflects the work you will be doing by adding a checkmark in the box associated with the course(s) OR, if a completed course in Question 4 has expired, the researcher may take the abbreviated Refresher course offered in Question 5; AND
    • Question 6 - Choose the course(s) that most directly represent the animal species that you will be working with by adding a checkmark in the box associated with the course(s).
  • Scroll to the bottom and click the ‘Submit’ button
  • The course(s) that you added should be listed in the table under “West Virginia University Courses”.
  • Click the course name(s) and complete the course(s).

Occupational Health Questionnaire

Anyone working with animals in any setting is required to complete the Occupational Health Questionnaire, which needs to be updated on an annual basis and records of occupational health clearance are maintained by the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance and WVU Occupational Medicine.

Instructions for completing the Occupational Health Questionnaire

  • Go to our animal survey.
  • Complete the survey.
  • If you receive a notice that you are NOT cleared for animal contact, please call WVU Occupational Medicine at (304) 293-3693 OR call Well WVU (Student Health) (304) 293-2311 if you are a student.

Animal Facility Training

All animal users and caretakers who enter central animal facilities with Office of Laboratory Animal Resources (OLAR) oversight (i.e., Health Sciences Center, Life Science Building, Blanchette Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, or Farm Animal Research Facility) must receive facility training by the Director or assigned staff of the facility. Records of facility training are maintained by OLAR.

Contact OLAR to set up this training at 304-293-3737 or

Hands-On Training: Species-specific and procedure-specific

All animal users and caretakers are required to have appropriate training for the handling and husbandry of the species used, as relevant to the nature of the animal use. All animal users and caretakers must also have the appropriate training for the specific procedures that they will be performing on/with animals.

This training may be provided by veterinary staff, animal care staff, course instructor or Principal Investigator/laboratory staff, as appropriate. Training records for all laboratory personnel with regards to protocol/procedure specific training and species-specific must be maintained in the laboratory.  We have two templates that can be used or modified for the purposes of maintaining protocol/procedure specific training (please note that BOTH are not needed, you can choose what works best for your laboratory):

Additional Training as Necessary

Additional training, such as biohazard training, radiation safety training or chemical safety training, may be required depending the nature of your animal research. Please contact the appropriate office for more information: