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Summer 2017


IACUC reduces number of modules in Working with the IACUC refresher course

The IACUC transitioned to an online training course in 2014 that satisfies the study team requirement for Animal Usage Orientation Training and Occupational Health and Safety Training. The course, Working With the IACUC, is provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. After initial completion of the course, a refresher course must be taken every three years for individuals involved in the care and use of animals at Ohio State.
The course is comprised of 14 modules and 35 quiz questions. The refresher course contains 12 modules and 20 quiz questions. Both require a passing score of 80 percent. The refresher course automatically becomes available on the CITI website 90 days prior to the expiration of current training. Always access the CITI Program website via the Ohio State portal and enter your Ohio State username (lastname.#) and password.
The e-Protocol system will not allow submission of a protocol or a study team change until all study team members (including the PI) complete the Working With the IACUC course, or refresher course, at least every three years. To prevent submission delays, the Office of Responsible Research Practices (ORRP) will send monthly reminder emails to personnel with training set to expire.

Congratulations to Justin Lahmers

Congratulations to Justin Lahmers for attaining the Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA) credential. Certification recognizes Justin's knowledge of IACUC functions and animal care and use programs, as well as the U.S. rules and regulations involved in working with animals in research.

Did you know? ULAR has an environmental
enrichment program

ULAR Enrichment Program Mouse ImageULAR has developed and implemented enrichment programs for animals housed in Ohio State facilities. Environmental enrichment enhances animal well-being by providing stimuli that promote expression of species-appropriate behaviors and mental activities. ULAR works with investigators to achieve the best possible environment for study animals in order to enhance well-being, reduce stress and achieve study results. When developing an enrichment plan, ULAR took into account the social nature of the animals to determine the best items for animals for group and pair housing. Species-specific enrichment plans can range from simple nesting material for mice to chew toys and activities for pigs. Contact Candace Hedrick, enrichment program coordinator, with questions, concerns or for more information about the program.

Zoonotic fact sheets for working with sheep

When working with animals, you should be familiar with diseases that could be transferred between animals and humans. Below is a list of a few causative agents that you may be exposed to when working with sheep:
  • Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis bacteria (CLA)
  • Chlamydia spp. bacteria
  • Leptospira spp. bacterial spirochete
  • Listeria monocytogenes bacteria
  • Coxiella burnetti rickettsial bacteria (Q-Fever)
  • Trichophyton spp; Microsporum spp. Fungi (Ringworm)
  • Pox virus (Sore Mouth Face)
  • Toxoplasma gondii
Fact sheets with information about these specific agents and agents for other species are available on the Environmental Health and Safety website. Check back frequently as fact sheets are being uploaded for other species.



All policies developed by the Ohio State IACUC to assist investigators and staff with research are available on the IACUC Policies and Procedures webpage of the ORRP website. These policies are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that they continue to meet regulatory requirements.

Revised Blood Collection Policy: this policy was revised to include a training statement. View the revised policy.
Revised Rodent Identification Policy: this policy was revised to include short term identification methods. View the approved policy.
Revised Standard Adverse Effects and Early Removal Criteria Policy: this policy was revised to reflect the requirement that investigators must check animals at least weekly to utilize early removal criteria as listed in their protocol. View the revised policy.

Revised Expired Medical Materials Policy: this policy renamed a definition to non-survival procedures. View the revised policy.

Revised Sanitation Validation Policy: this policy was formally known as Validate the Effectiveness of Manual Sanitation. Revisions reflect the validation frequency statement for areas periodically housing animals. In addition, a requirement for automated sanitation equipment has been included. View the revised policy.

Revised Animal Care and Use Program Policy: this policy was reviewed and approved. View the revised policy.


IACUC semiannual inspections

Semi Annual InspectionsThe IACUC will be conducting semiannual facility inspections from August 1, 2017, through the end of October 2017. Here are a few tips to prepare for the inspections:
  • Be familiar with the IACUC protocol, including activities, early removal criteria and locations for animal housing and use
  • Ensure personnel working with animals are listed on the protocol under which they are performing work and that their training requirements are up-to-date
  • Maintain accurate records required by the IACUC
  • Check expiration dates for supplies used for conducting IACUC protocol activities
  • Be familiar with the IACUC policies, including recent updates and laboratory safety procedures, to show experience in complying with these requirements

When manual reporting of animal numbers is necessary

Manually Reporting of Animal NumbersThe IACUC is required to document and monitor the number of animals acquired and used. The IACUC also must periodically submit reports to regulatory and accrediting agencies regarding the procurement of animals. The e-Protocol system automatically counts animals housed in ULAR facilities at the time of order or weaning. However, manual reporting of animal numbers is required if animals are not housed in a ULAR facility, not ordered or weaned by ULAR or are involved in field studies.
The PI or designated study team member is responsible for providing the number of animals used on a protocol. This information can be entered into e-IACUC by clicking on “Report Animal Numbers” under “My Activities” in the protocol workspace.
For additional information regarding manual reporting of animal numbers, refer to the policy Documenting Number of Animals Used for Research/Teaching and the instructions for reporting animal numbers, which can be found on the Investigator Guidance webpage.


Study team member section updated

Study Team Members Section
The Study Team Members section in e-Protocol was updated recently to reflect revisions in the training titles listed for study team requirements. The Animal Training and Occupational Health/Safety Training was renamed to CITI-Animal Usage and Orientation Training. If you notice anything unusual or find broken links when working in the e-Protocol system, please contact the IACUC office at
  • IACUC reduces number of modules in Working with the IACUC refresher course
  • Congratulations to Justin Lahmers
  • Did you know? ULAR has an environmental enrichment program
  • Zoonotic fact sheets for working with sheep
  • IACUC policies update
  • Reminders
  • e-Protocol tips

Upcoming IACUC meeting dates

August 18, 2017
September 15, 2017
October 20, 2017
November 17, 2017

Meetings begin at 12:30 p.m.

Additional information about submission deadlines can be found on the IACUC meetings webpage.

ULAR training sessions

Facility Introduction and Mouse Overview

August 10 (10 a.m.)
August 22 (1 p.m.)

September 14 (10 a.m.)
September 26 (1 p.m.)

October 12 (10 a.m.)
October 24 (1 p.m.)

November 9 (10 a.m.)
November 28 (1 p.m.)

Rodent Survival Surgery
August 15 (10 a.m.)
September 19 (10 a.m.)
October 17 (10 a.m.)
November 21 (10 a.m.)

Class sizes for ULAR training sessions are limited to 15 registrants.
To register: Call 292-5094, email ulartraining or visit the research calendar.
Individual sessions may be arranged for protocol-specific techniques by completing the Training Request Form on the ULAR training webpage and emailing it to the ULAR training coordinator at

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Research Units

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