Training Requirements
Overview of Training Requirements

All students, staff, and faculty need to comply with various training elements before participating in any animal research activities at UTEP. Training requirements must be completed prior to being listed on any protocol or be given access to the animal facilities.

Required training
  1. Complete CITI Program Modules
    1. Must register with CITI program.
    2. Modules will be assigned accordingly.
    3. Please contact the IACUC office for more information.

  2. Attend EH&S General Laboratory Safety and Biosafety and Bloodborne Pathogens
    1. You are required to register for the course. For more information on the next available classes CLICK HERE or call 915-747-7124.

  3. Enroll in the Occupational Health Program.
    Enrollment is mandatory; participation is voluntary.

  4. Attend a Vivarium Orientation/Zoonotic Disease course
    1. Make sure you have previously completed the above training requirements (1-3) before registering for Vivarium Orientation/Zoonotic Disease course. If you have not completed all other training requirements, you will not be allowed to enter the class.
    2. If you are planning to attend a session, you are required to register for the class in advance by sending an email to both the IACUC Office ( and (
      1. Be sure to include your name, UTEP ID number, and cc: your faculty mentor/Principal Investigator (if applicable).
    3. Course is available every 2nd Wednesday of each month*.
      *Classes are subject to change.
Specialty courses will be assigned on an as needed basis. Please contact the IACUC office for more information.
  1. Animal Ethics and IACUC Overview
  2. Basics for Field Studies
  3. Didactic Surgical Course
  4. Handling and Biomethodology workshop
  5. Surgical Certification Practicum

Training Tracks
  • Training Summary and Training Tracks updated Jan 2015
  • Principal Investigator/Researchers - Working with Mice (Coming Soon)
  • Principal Investigator/Researchers - Working with Rats (Coming Soon)
  • Principal Investigators/Researchers - Field Studies (Coming Soon)
  • IACUC Member (Coming Soon)
  • IACUC members who are also Principal Investigators (Coming Soon)
  • Animal Care Staff (Coming Soon)
  • Ancillary Services (Coming Soon)
Electronic Vivarium Access Form

Request a vivarium access form by contacting the IACUC office. Individuals must have training completed and be added to an approved animal protocol prior to requesting access.

The individual will be provided with an electronic copy of a vivarium access form and it is the individual’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate signatures for access.

NO individual may enter any animal facility using the access authorization of someone else.

Vivarium Access Checklist

  1. Completed ALL CITI modules online
  2. Complied with Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) courses
  3. Attended a Vivarium Orientation/Zoonotic Disease class
  4. Been added to an approved animal use protocol

Visitors entering the animal facilities must:
  1. Contact the Attending Veterinary or Animal Facility Manager
  2. Sign a Liability Form
  3. Attend a Vivarium Orientation/Zoonotic Disease class
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