Mandatory Training for Working with Animals

Training Requirements

The use of animals in research, testing and teaching is subject to a multitude of laws, policies, regulations and standards. Two such laws/policies include the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the Public Health Service (PHS) policy, which require all research personnel be appropriately trained in animal care and use. Any person who will handle, manipulate or perform procedures on live vertebrate animals (whether in the laboratory or in the field) must complete a two-step process, which involves:

  • Step 1 – Enroll in the HealthPoint Occupational Health Program (OHP) and
  • Step 2 – Complete the web-based training modules.

The following table outlines forms required for enrollment in the HealthPoint Occupational Health Program (OHP).

Course ID/ Form TitleRequired ForRecertification Requirements
Your TXClass record will be updated with:
● AN0020: HealthPoint OHP (low risk) or
● AN0023: HealthPoint OHP (high risk)
All personnel at initial enrollment with HealthPoint OHPNo - this form should only be submitted at initial enrollment.
AN0020: HealthPoint OHP (low risk)Personnel working with low-risk species, such as rodents, fish, etc.Yes - this form is required every 3 years.
AN0023: HealthPoint OHP (high risk)ARC staff members and personnel working with high-risk animal species, such as non-human primates, bats, wild rodents or other wild-caught mammals, etc.Yes - this form is required annually.

Information you provide to HealthPoint OHP is protected from unauthorized or indiscriminate release of personal health information and medical records are maintained in a confidential manner, separate from personnel files. More information about the HealthPoint OHP (including forms, location and hours of service) is available here.

NOTE: eProtocol IACUC is updated with HealthPoint OHP enrollment data twice a day at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. from a computer upload. It may take up to 48 hours for your eProtocol Training History to reflect HealthPoint OHP enrollment. For prompt processing of OHP enrollment, OHP encourages forms be submitted via facsimile (fax) or in-person. Use of campus mail may delay receipt of forms by up to one week.

The following table outlines the AALAS Learning Library courses required for researchers and students working with animals in a research, testing or teaching setting. These courses will provide you with required information on the humane care and use of research animals as mandated by federal regulations.

Course ID/ TitleRequired ForRecertification Requirements
3198: OrientationAll personnel working with animals. This module provides orientation of the policies and procedures for animal research at UT Austin.Yes - every 3 years
AN0055: Working Safely with Macaques in Research (class)

For more information or scheduling, contact the Compliance and Training Manager at jencassaday@austin.utexas.edu
Macaque care-givers and usersYes - every 3 years
256: Introduction to GerbilsGerbil care-givers and usersYes - every 3 years
257: Introduction to HamstersHamster care-givers and usersYes - every 3 years
258: Introduction to RabbitsRabbit care-givers and usersYes - every 3 years
259: Introduction to Guinea PigsGuinea pig care-givers and usersYes - every 3 years
260: Introduction to MiceMouse care-givers and usersYes - every 3 years
261: Introduction to RatsRat care-givers and usersYes - every 3 years
278: Introduction to DogsDog care-givers and usersYes - every 3 years
279: Introduction to CatsCat care-givers and usersYes - every 3 years
2577: Introduction to SwineSwine care-givers and usersYes - every 3 years
2578: Introduction to Non-Human PrimatesNon-Human primate care-givers and usersYes - every 3 years
2601: Introduction to AmphibiansAmphibian care-givers and usersYes - every 3 years
3199: Other Species Training Module
(General Care and Use)
Users of animals that are not listed in this tableYes - every 3 years
3219: Working with the Laboratory ZebrafishZebrafish care-givers and usersYes - every 3 years
3233: Introduction to FerretsFerret care-givers and usersYes - every 3 years
3927: Introduction to FishFish care-givers and usersYes - every 3 years
3928: Introduction to WildlifeWildlife usersYes - every 3 years

Check Training Records

To access the AALAS Learning Library, you must have an EID and password to log into eProtocol IACUC. On the upper left-hand side of the main page under the "eProtocol Menu," select "Investigator." A menu will pop out. Select "AALAS Learning Library."

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All training course modules can be found under the “Tracks” menu. Click on “Tracks” to find the course you wish to take. Select the appropriate course and proceed by clicking the “Start” button. We recommend completing all of the practice questions for each lesson. You must complete the course and exam to receive credit.

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NOTE: eProtocol IACUC is updated with completed course data multiple times per day. If you do not see your completed course in your eProtocol Training History by the day after you have taken the training, contact the ARC Compliance and Training Manager.

To check your own training record, log in to eProtocol IACUC. On the upper left-hand side of the main page, under the "eProtocol Menu," select "Investigator." A menu will pop out. Select “Training Record.” This will open a window that will list your completed training courses and expiration dates.

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To check your laboratory personnel training records, log in to eProtocol IACUC. On the upper left-hand side of the main page, under the "eProtocol Menu," select "Investigator." A menu will pop out. Select “Search Training Records.”

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This will open a “Find Personnel” window. You can search by UT EID or First and Last Name.

Find Personnel

NOTE: This feature should only be used to look up your own laboratory members’ training records.

If you have any questions regarding the accuracy of training records, contact the ARC Compliance and Training Manager.