General Information

All investigators and key personnel who participate in the design and/or the conduct of animal use research must be appropriately trained in the care and humane use of animal subjects.

The University uses the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) web-based courses to satisfy this requirement for UMBC researchers, but provides other opportunites as well. If you are not sure which course is most applicable to your area, ask your faculty advisor or contact the Office for Research Protections and Compliance at 410‐455‐2737 or

Registering for Courses

Open the below documents to obtain more information on how to register with CITI to take this course; then log into CITI (

How to register for the CITI Animal Care and Use Training Course

Evidence of Training from Other Institutions

The IACUC will accept evidence of training from another institution when a UMBC employee (or UMBC affiliates) completed training in animal care and use at a previous institution. Please forward evidence of training (e.g. certificate of completion) to

Copies of Training Completion Reports

Once the training module is completed, you may print a copy of your training completion report by logging into CITI (, using your username and password, and clicking the "Print" link under the Completion Reports column in My Courses.

UMBC does require a "refresher" course to be completed by all research personnel every three  years. Investigators must re-take the modules orignially completed or add other modules that relates to the current research practice.

Already registered on CITI and want to add or update a training module? Look here.

Taken training at another instituion and want to switch to UMBC? Click here.

Descriptions of Animal Care and Use Training Courses Available

Course Module Name Recommended for Description
Investigators, Staff and Students
  • Investigators and research staff who plan to use laboratory animals or plan to supervise such work at UMBC.

This course provides information about working with the IACUC, understanding procedures, reviewing Federal mandates, etc.

Investigators and research staff are also required to choose appropriate species-specific module:

  • Post-Procedure Care of Mice and Rats in Research
  • Working With Amphibians in Research Settings
  • Working with Mice in Research Settings
  • Working with Rats in Research Settings

Reading, reviewing and completing the module and quizzes will take approximately 3 hours.The passing score for the CITI courses is 75% .

IACUC Chairs, Members and Coordinators For IACUC members only - DO NOT choose this module for investigator or research staff training When selecting modules on the CITI, only check the box that is applicable to you and your research. Only check the “IACUC Member” box if you are currently a member of the UMBC IACUC.



Please note:



Investigators who register for the CITI RCR Training ( will not get credit for human participant use training as the RCR modules cannot be substituted for the basic courses required for laboratory animal welfare.

Additional Training Opportunities

Federal regulations state that it is the responsibility of UMBC to ensure that people caring for or using laboratory animals are qualified to do so in a humane and scientifically acceptable manner. Continuing education activities relevant to program responsibilities are expected, with both formal and on-the-job training to ensure effective implementation.

Further training programs are available here at UMBC as well as from Veterinary Resources at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Program of Comparative Medicine, for faculty and animal care technicians, as well as undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students who work with animals. A list of current examples of training is shown below.

Office of Environmental Safety & Health Office for Research Protections and Compliance Veterinary Resources, University of Maryland, Baltimore (see contact below to access training and materials)
Laboratory Safety Training OPRC informational events Basic techniques for handling rodents
Hazardous Communication

Overview of Risk Assessment and Risk Management in Laboratory Animal
Biosafety - An Introduction 

(Streaming video courtesy of UMBI)
Blood borne pathogens, radiation safety, chemical safety and waste management
Occupational Safety and Health Training OPRC informational events  

Contact the UMBC Office of Environmental Safety & Health at (410) 455-2918 or

Contact the UMBC Office for Research Protections and Compliance at (410) 455-2737 or

Contact UM,B Veterinary Resources at (410) 706-4119

UMBC’s Office of Research Protections and Compliance provides a wide variety of training.  ORPC has presented to departments, labs and administrative groups on campus.  We would be more than happy to meet with you or your unit.  Please feel free to contact us at

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