Why Do We Have Mandatory Training?
Animal care and use is heavily regulated by the federal government, and requires targeted, documented training for personnel involved in those activities. It is the responsibility of the institution and the IACUC to ensure adequate training for personnel in topics pertinent to ongoing animal care and use programs. The KSU animal care and use program training and education modules provide a significant part of that material. These training modules are mandatory for anyone involved in the research, training, or teaching or animals. The USDA and the NIH's Office for Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) have ruled that training be "ongoing." Consequently, evidence of formal training in pertinent animal care and use will be required at a minimum of every 3 years.