Animal users must provide evidence of skills and experience with the procedures listed in their IACUC Protocols. Additional training may be required at the discretion of the IACUC.
Federal regulations and guidelines require animal users to complete basic training in animal care and use legislation, IACUC function, ethics, animal handling and procedures used in IACUC protocols. Animal users are always encouraged to participate in additional relevant training if they feel it may benefit their projects.
Northern Illinois University animal users fulfill federal requirements by participating in the following mandatory animal user training:
1. Annual IACUC Training Seminar More >
All animal users are required to attend the annual Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Training Session, which is held annually in October or November. If you are unable to attend the session, you must complete ONE of the following five options in order to meet annual training requirements:
a) View the video recording of that year’s Annual IACUC Training Seminar;
b) Complete the CITI training module, “Working with Animals in Biomedical Research – Refresher”;
c) Complete the CITI training module, “Working with the IACUC”;
d) Provide evidence of comprehensive animal user training completed at another institution within the past
e) Provide evidence of alternate, specialized training relevant to the animal user’s IACUC protocols.
2. Animal Handling Workshops More >
Please contact Dr. Corinna Kashuba to arrange one of the following handling and technique workshops:
a) Rat or Mouse Handling and Technique Workshop: New animal users who intend to conduct studies in rats
and/or mice must participate in the corresponding Rat and/or Mouse Handling and Technique Workshop.
b) Additional Species: New animal users conducting research on other species will receive appropriate
species-specific practical training as needed from the attending veterinarian or a designated expert in
A new animal user is defined as an individual who has not previously conducted animal research, teaching or testing at NIU.
All animal users must complete mandatory online CITI Training as listed below. Additional, species-specific training modules may be required at the discretion of the IACUC. Comprehensive, documented animal user training completed at another institution may be accepted in lieu of mandatory CITI Training at the discretion of the IACUC.
Dr. Richard B. King
Laboratory Safety Manager
The following videos can be accessed via YouTube. Please contact the Office of Research Compliance and Integrity for the link.
2014: Ensuring Compliance, Protocol Development, Participant Training and Occupational Health and Safety
2013: General Procedures and Policies, New Online IACUC Application Process, Emergency Action Plan
2012: Barrier rodent housing at NIU: Keeping the Bugs in and out
2011: An Overview of Services Offered by the University of Missouri’s Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (RADIL)
2010: Changes in the Guide for the Care and Use for Laboratory Animals