Mandatory Training

It is mandatory for all personnel (including Principal Investigators) to have participated in a training session covering laws and regulations pertaining to animal care and use and to complete species-specific educational training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), hosted by the University of Miami.

All new employees with anticipated animal contact must be listed on the protocol. 

In addition, SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Research Integrity Office requires research ethics education for all basic science & clinical investigators (including faculty, postdoctoral fellows/associates, clinical residents/fellows, students, lab staff, research nurses, clinical research associates and individuals from affiliated Universities participating in SUNY Upstate research projects).

Required courses are listed below. Each course is comprised of several modules. All courses are available online at the CITI website: External Icon External Icon

CITI Animal Welfare Laws And Regulations

Investigators, Staff and Students, Basic Course1,2

CITI Species Specific Education

AMPHIBIANS - Working with Amphibians in Research Settings                              

CATS - Working with Cats in Research Settings

DOGS - Working with Dogs in Research Settings 

FISH - Working with Fish in Research Settings

GERBILS - Working with Gerbils in Research Settings 

GUINEA PIGS - Working with Guinea Pigs in Research Setting 

HAMSTERS - Working with Hamsters in Research Settings

MICE - Working with Mice in Research Settings 

            Post-Procedure Care of Mice and Rats in Research

NON-HUMAN PRIMATES - Working with Non-Human Primates in Research Settings

RABBITS - Working with Rabbits in Research Settings

RATS - Working with Rats in Research Settings

            Post-Procedure Care of Mice and Rats in Research 

 SWINE - Working with Swine in Research Settings

CITI Research Ethics Education

  • Responsible Conduct of Research1

1Proof of completion of comparable training will satisfy this requirement.

2Triennial recertification in the Refresher course is required as part of the IACUC’s continuing education program.

CITI Completion Reports

Personnel are not required to print the CITI completion reports if s/he affiliates with SUNY Upstate. However, if s/he completes the courses through another institution, s/he must provide a copy of the CITI completion reports to the IACUC office.

OTHER TRAINING:  Aseptic Rodent Survival Surgery

Personnel who have no prior experience performing aseptic rodent survival surgery must complete the following CITI course and view the Charles River video Principles of Rodent Surgery for the New Surgeon that demonstrates proper aseptic surgical techniques.

  • Aseptic Surgery
  • Principles of Rodent Surgery for the New Surgeon   (Kathleen R. Pritchett-Corning, Guy B. Mulder and William J. White; Research Models and Services, Charles River): External Icon

Personnel may also be required, at the discretion of the animal care director, to complete a hands-on training session.  Individuals who will be performing survival surgeries on other species should contact the DLAR staff for assistance and are also encouraged to view the video reference above.

Training Summary Form

All personnel working with animals in research must file a Training Summary form with the IACUC office before s/he begins working (including training) with animals in research.

Please email your completed Training Summary Form to the IACUC office: