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The Purdue Animal Use and Care Committee has several reminders on the use of vertebrate animals in research, teaching and testing activities.

As we begin the 2019-20 academic year with new faculty, staff, and students, I wanted to highlight a few important issues regarding utilization of vertebrate animals in research, teaching and testing activities. Purdue policy and federal regulations require that, prior to any use of vertebrate animals in research, teaching or testing, a protocol describing that use must be reviewed and approved by the Purdue Animal Care and Use Committee (PACUC). Faculty and senior research staff can visit this page on our website to learn how to submit a protocol application to PACUC.

A critical component of PACUC’s responsibility is the documentation that all individuals who will participate in the activity involving vertebrate animals have received appropriate training to assure that they are qualified for their role in the project and that all individuals have received an occupational health risk assessment of their work with animals. Please visit this page to learn how to complete an Animal Use Qualification Form and Risk Assessment Form.

There are several actions necessary for those investigators with active, approved protocols for use of animals, and new postdoctoral, student or technical staff joining their research, teaching or testing projects.  Before new personnel work unsupervised with vertebrate animals at Purdue University, they must complete the required Animal Use Qualification Form and online modules using the CITI training program. A Risk Assessment Form must be completed by the individual so that a Risk Summary can be written by the PACUC office notifying individuals of the personal health risks associated with working with animals.

Please note that the requirements apply to any and all individuals who will work directly with or care for vertebrate animals at Purdue, regardless of whether this activity is short term or long term.

The PACUC website provides a wealth of information needed for those working with vertebrate animals. If you have any questions regarding these requirements or wish assistance with training, protocols, or documenting qualifications, do not hesitate to contact the PACUC/LAP office at 494-9163.

Writer: Lisa Snider, CPIA, senior compliance officer,