Animal Research Training

The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy require that all personnel involved in animal use and research be appropriately trained and qualified. To meet this requirement, the OARS (Office of Animal Research Support) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) offer several training classes.

New to Yale?
How do you register for mandatory training classes and gain animal facility access?

There will be 5 requirements you need to complete, outlined below.

  1. Go to Training Management System (TMS)
  2. Click “Browse Courses and Forms by Owner”
  3. Click “Animal Care and Use”
  4. Select All Animal Handlers: Mandatory Training

All Animal Handlers: Mandatory Training

Course/Form Title Next Class Start Time Seats Available
IACUC Personnel Qualifications

Available online

Medical Surveillance Program for Animal Handlers Available online N/A N/A
Regulatory Training for Animal Care & Use Available online N/A N/A
YARC Facility Training Part I Available online N/A N/A
YARC Facility Training Part II 01:30 PM  

Once authenticated, you will see training requirements, which should be completed in the following sequence:

  • Regulatory Training (web-based) - renewable every 36 months.
  • Medical Surveillance - downloadable form available in TMS, once completed send via email to: Employee Health will contact the individual via email regarding their clearance status. As of July 2014 - also renewable every 36 months.
  • IACUC protocol - individuals requesting access must have a Qualifications of Personnel form associated with an approved IACUC protocol. Complete and submit a Personnel Qualification Form. See Creating a Personal Qualification Form in MAPS.
    • Important Concepts regarding PQF:
      • PQF can be submitted by the individual who is the subject of the PQF, the PI, Admin Contact or any personnel with edit access. All necessary parties will be included in the Q&A administrative review process of the PQF.
      • At this time, although a person will be approved from a PQF perspective, the user CANNOT handle animals unsupervised until the person’s inclusion on the associated protocol has been approved and all required training has been completed.
      • If there are questions about content of the PQF or training requirements, please contact
  • Facility Training part I: On-line presentation, comprised of policies and procedures for entering and working in the animal facility, housing options, and communication systems among research, husbandry and/or veterinary staff.   The session provides both general and species-specific information and should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

  • Facility Training part II: is limited to a tour of the animal facility where your colony is housed and will be approximately 30 minutes in length.  Facility tours are offered twice monthly, on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

Once all 5 requirements have been met, access to the animal facility will be granted within 2-3 business days.

Additional species specific courses are available via this website and TMS also. You may be required to attend some of these courses based on assessment of your personnel qualification form.

Most instructor-led handling labs are regularly scheduled. If you need specialized training for a species or procedure, please email for additional information.

Additional courses may be required by Environmental Health and Safety, (EHS) for work involving hazardous agents.

Training Updates

The AALAS Learning Library is an online training course collection of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science. This resource provides the latest information related to animal-based research. The AALAS Learning Library will provide for more flexible scheduling of on-line courses offered at Yale. The courses are designed to meet training mandates of regulatory agencies and improve knowledge in technical areas. Continuing education credits are available through these courses.

The AALAS Learning Library offers many advantages, including updating the information as the regulations changes. Yale will be able to use the modules as-is or customize them to suit our institution’s needs.  In addition to the general regulatory training, there are many species-specific and procedure-oriented training modules that will be available to us, providing the latest information related to animal-based research. Using the AALAS Learning Library will allow OARS to continue to dedicate our resources to gaining efficiencies in the protocol review process and helping you maintain a compliant laboratory. We will be finalizing plans to begin using the AALAS Learning Library.  We will provide updates well in advance of any changes that may affect the research community.

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