Animal Access Requirements

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The following are mandatory requirements for access to the animal facilities at Freimann Life Science Center and Raclin-Carmichael Hall. There are four components that must be in place prior to card key access being granted. They are listed in order of attainment:

  • Animal Training Program
  • Occupational Health Program
  • Approved Animal Protocol or Approved Personnel Amendment  
  • Facility Orientation Tour.

NOTE: No persons are to be granted access unless they have completed these requirements. Anyone allowing unauthorized individuals into the animal facility on their card key will have animal facility access suspended pending a formal inquiry.

Animal Training Program:

The Federal Animal Welfare Act (administered by the USDA) and regulations of the Department of Health and Human Services (including PHS) require training and continuing education for all scientists, research technicians, and animal care technicians and others involved with animal care and use. These laws and regulations require that the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) as an agent of the University of Notre Dame, determine that personnel wishing to conduct procedures on animals or animal tissues are qualified and trained to do so on the animal species proposed. To fulfill this responsibility, a mandatory training program has been developed.

All staff, faculty and students that are involved in the care or use of animals for research, utilizing animal tissues or listed on an animal protocol at the University of Notre Dame are required to participate in the Introductory Training Program consisting of online training modules administered through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Learning Library (ALL). All persons are required to have an individual account.  Documentation of training is done by the ALL when individuals are logged into their account. Login and temporary passwords will typically be assigned within 5 business days. Training documentation will be accessible to the IACUC, Compliance/Technical Services Team Lead and individual account holder. The IACUC will verify training when animal use protocols and personnel amendments are reviewed. Please provide the following information in your email to  V. Schroeder  to set up your account:

  • Your Name (First/MI/Last)
  • Your Lab Affiliation (the Principal Investigator)
  • Your Status (undergraduate student/graduate student/faculty/post-doc/staff)
  • Your University ID (eg. jdoe5)
  • An Active University email address

Procedure Specific Training Program

The Compliance/Technical Services Team Lead will provide training specific to procedures in IACUC- approved protocols.  This may consist of videos, auto-tutorials, or hands-on training with the Attending Veterinarian or Registered Veterinary Technicians. The areas addressed in protocol-specific training include but are not limited to:

  • Aseptic Surgical Techniques and Post-Operative Care
  • Tissue Collection/Harvest Techniques
  • Anesthesia Choices and Monitoring
  • Euthanasia Methods
  • Restraint, Injection and Blood Withdrawal Methods

The IACUC requires documentation of proficiency for invasive procedures including:

  • Euthanasia
  • Survival surgical procedures
  • Survival cardiac injections
  • Retro-orbital injections
  • Decapitation/ cervical dislocation

The Attending Veterinarian or Compliance/Technical Services Team Lead will observe individuals and document proficiency for the IACUC. Contact V.Schroeder to schedule hands-on training or observation of proficiency. 

Occupational Health Program

The Occupational Health Program (OHP) is administered through the office of Risk Management and Safety. All personnel must participate in the OHP for approval of IACUC animal use protocols or IACUC personnel amendments. No one can engage in animal activities unless they are enrolled in the OHP and amended to a protocol. Individuals involved in observational roles must also be enrolled in the OHP. This includes persons observing animal procedures and custodial or maintenance personnel. All OHP medical forms are submitted online through the OnBase system and sent directly to the Notre Dame Wellness Center for Notre Dame students, staff, and faculty. Any NON-ND personnel requiring participation in the Occupational Health Program will need to follow the instructions on the FLSC Occupational Health webpage. These are confidential medical history forms and will not be accepted at Freimann Life Science Center. It is the individual's responsibility to ensure that the forms have been submitted and any additional health recommendations be completed. It can take up to 2 weeks for approval if there are unsubmitted forms. For details of the Occupational program access the FLSC Occupational Health webpage or the Risk Management webpage.

Approved Animal Protocol or Approved Personnel Amendment

All personnel working with animals are required to be listed on an animal use protocol that is reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Personnel amendments will not be approved until all persons listed have complied with training and occupational health requirements. When multiple persons are included on an amendment it will facilitate approval if the amendment  is not submitted until all persons are in compliance with the mandatory training and occupational health requirements. Information regarding IACUC protocols and protocol amendments can be found on the Notre Dame Research website.

Facility Orientation Tours

Once all training and occupational health requirements have been met, and the individual is listed on an approved animal protocol, a facility orientation tour can be scheduled. The orientation tour is mandatory for facility access. The tour encompasses a walk through the animal facility. The animal facility policies pertinent to facility use are available at Tour Information. These tours are coordinated or conducted by the Compliance/Technical Services Team Lead. All personnel, including Investigators, Post Docs, Graduate and Undergraduate students, must go through the mandatory orientation prior to facility access being granted.  The tour should be scheduled as close to the actual initiation of animal studies as possible.

Schedule tours through Valerie Schroeder by phone 631-6087 or contact Valerie Schroeder by email.