NIH Policy Manual 3040-2 requires that all personnel who work with animals be adequately
trained to perform the tasks that are required by their job. The Manual identifies
Principal Investigators and Animal Users as two categories of personnel for whom
specific training courses are provided. After the Initial Course is taken the Refresher
Course must be completed every three years.
The Animal Exposure Program (AEP) provides relevant health and safety information related to use and care of animals, occupationally indicated immunizations, and clinical evaluation and treatment for animal related injuries or illnesses. Participation is a requirement for all personnel who work in animal facilities and who have contact with research animals or their tissues, bodily fluids, or waste, and others who work in areas where research animals are housed or used. This shall include, at a minimum, Principal Investigators (PI) and their staff who use animals in their research, and veterinarians and animal care staff members. To enroll in the AEP contact the Occupational Medical Service at 301-496-4411. For more information go to:
The "Mouse and Rat Workshops: Hands-on Animal Techniques" workshops are three hour
sessions that provide investigators with an opportunity to receive training on routine
handling and experimental techniques using live mice and rats. Instructors for these
small group sessions are certified laboratory animal technologists, and therefore,
provide a maximum opportunity for learning basic skills.
Skill Level - Novice: This course is meant to introduce scientists
and technicians to rodent techniques, but is not intended to make them proficient
in the techniques.
Prerequisite Training: Students must have prior experience hand
restraining rodents before attending the Workshop. Proper animal handling and restraint
is essential for proper performance of technical procedures. Please contact OACU
or the LASP-Bethesda main office (301-496-1866) to arrange a basic rodent handling
To access the OACU principal investigator/animal user course, Mouse/Rat Workshop
or ACUC Member training :