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IACUC Training/Personnel Requirements

Initial Training

The NDSU IACUC requires all personnel using live vertebrate animals for teaching, testing or research to complete training on animal welfare. Documentation of training is verified when a protocol or annual update form is submitted for review.

This requirement applies to all NDSU personnel who plan to work with animals (e.g., principal investigators, co-investigators, barn and animal care personnel, research team members, assistants, or outside collaborators).

To complete training requirements:

  1. Complete the series of online modules most relevant to your research.  Online training is offered through the CITI Program. (See CITI Online Training below for more details)
  2. Complete in-person species specific or procedural training conducted by the NDSU Attending Veterinarian (AV) at 701.231.7830 or delegated trainer.
  3. Document training completed on the Individual Training Log.
  4. Limited species-specific and procedural training can be accessed below.

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CITI Online Training

CITI training is now a single sign on application so NDSU faculty, staff and students are able to use their NDSU electronic IDs and passwords when logging into the following link:  Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative.  Click on 'LOG IN THROUGH MY INSTITUTION' and choose 'North Dakota State University.'

Enroll in the appropriate course:

  • Working with laboratory mice or rats?  Complete the Rodent Research Course.
  • Working with live vertebrate (non-wildlife, non-rodent) animals?  Complete the Working with the IACUC Course
  • Working with live vertebrate wildlife animals?  Complete the Wildlife Research Course.


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Affiliating With North Dakota State University in the CITI Program:

  • Check that you are affiliated with North Dakota State University in CITI as a primary or secondary institution.  If you are not, fill out the "Click here to affiliate with another institution" section within CITI.
  • Ensure that your institutional email has an NDSU email domain in the CITI Program Profile *use your NDSU email address:  If not, change the email by going to 'My Profiles' in CITI.
  • If you have not yet used your NDSU email to create a CITI account, CITI will create an account with key pieces of profile information the first time you log in through the single sign on.

    • If this is the first time you have logged into CITI, fill out additional profile fields after your new account is created.
    • If you have an NDSU email account and have previously created a CITI account with a non-NDSU email account, you can request that CITI merge the accounts by sending an email to with the following information:

           - Your first and last name.
           - The name of your institution.
           - The username or Member ID for the account to keep.
           - The username or Member ID for the account to merge.

      Online Training Support for new and returning learners:

      How to enroll in a course for the first time
      How to view all the modules you have completed
      How to access CITI technical support

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Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Program

Individuals who have substantial contact with animals must participate in the NDSU Occupational Health and Safety Program administered by the Public Health and Safety Office

To participate in the OHS Program:

  1. Complete the UPSO-IACUC Health Assessment and UPSO-IACUC Hazard & Risk Assessment forms
  2. Schedule an appointment with the Safety Office by calling 701.231.9587.

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Three-Year Continuing Education Requirement

The NDSU IACUC requires all animal care personnel (e.g., principal investigators, co-investigators, barn and animal care personnel, research team members, assistants, or outside collaborators) to maintain current knowledge of animal welfare regulations.

Every three years, personnel will be required to complete a refresher course. The CITI Program generally sends one reminder when training is about to expire.

If you have questions about your last training date you may access your training records online at the CITI Program or the IACUC office at

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