Mandatory Training

It is mandatory for all personnel (including Principal Investigators) to have participated in a training session covering laws and regulations pertaining to animal care and use and to complete species-specific educational training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), hosted by the University of Miami. All new employees with anticipated animal contact must be listed on the protocol.

In addition, SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Research Integrity Office requires research ethics education for all basic science & clinical investigators (including faculty, postdoctoral fellows/associates, clinical residents/fellows, students, lab staff, research nurses, clinical research associates and individuals from affiliated Universities participating in SUNY Upstate research projects). Recertification is required of all individuals who continue to participate in active research at SUNY Upstate.

Required courses are listed below. Each course is comprised of several modules.
All courses are available online at the CITI website External Icon

Animal Welfare Laws & Regulations Education

  • Investigators, Staff and Students, Basic Course(1)

Research Ethics Education

  • Responsible Conduct of Research(1)(2)

Species-Specific Education


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


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


  • Working with Amphibians in Research Settings


  • Working with Gerbils in Research Settings


  • Working with Hamsters in Research Settings


  • Working with Guinea Pigs in Research Settings


  • Working with Rabbits in Research Settings


  • Working with Cats in Research Settings


  • Working with Dogs in Research Settings


  • Working with Swine in Research Settings


  • Working with Non-Human Primates in Research Settings

(1)Proof of completion of comparable training will satisfy this requirement.
(2)RCR recertification is required as part of the CHUA’s continuing education program.

Aseptic Survival Surgery Training Requirements

It is mandatory for all personnel who have no prior experience performing aseptic rodent survival surgery to read the AALAS Learning Library Working with the Laboratory Mouse, Lesson 16. Preparing for Surgery and view the Procedure Video, which demonstrates proper aseptic surgical procedures.

AALAS Learning Library Lesson 16 External Icon

AALAS Procedure video  External Icon

[If you have trouble with these links, copy entire URL and paste into your browser window.]

Personnel may also be required, at the discretion of the animal care director, to complete a hands-on training session.  Individuals doing survival surgeries on other species should see the DLAR staff for assistance and are also encouraged to view the AALAS Procedure Video which demonstrates proper aseptic surgical procedures (see b. above).

CITI online Coursework Instructions

Log In, Register and Affiliate with SUNY Upstate Medical University

Log on to: Citi Program External Icon
NEW USERS: Please click on New User.

  1. Affiliate with SUNY-Upstate Medical University.
  2. Under Participating Institutions: choose SUNY-Upstate Medical University from the scroll-down menu. Then Click Submit.
  3. Select your username and password and Submit to enter the registration page.
  4. Please complete the registration form.
  5. SUNY ID/Employee ID#: use 1234 [or any 4-digit combination-we do not track this information] .
  6. Submit required information to complete registration process

Verify Affiliation and Select Group - Lab Animal Welfare

  1. Verify that SUNY-Upstate Medical University is displayed on your Learner’s Menu. If it is not, please affiliate with Upstate. If your affiliation is correct, skip to #3.

  2. Select Affiliate with another institution link and select SUNY-Upstate Medical University from the drop down menu.

  3. Select Add a course or update your learner group link. The SUNY Upstate Medical University course offerings page will be displayed. Scroll down the page until you reach Question 3 Lab Animal Welfare Course.

  4. Select the appropriate course(s) to be added. Click on Continue to complete enrollment process. Verify that the courses you selected now appear under My courses on your Main Menu page. If necessary, repeat steps 3 & 4 until all courses selected appear on the Main Menu page.

Completing modules for each course

  1. Your personalized Learner’s Menu will be displayed. The Learner’s Menu is the main page for all of your coursework through CITI. From this page you may add/delete courses, check the status of any of your courses, make changes to your account, view modules and print certificates.
  2. To begin the modules for each course, simply select Enter in the Status column.
  3. The next screen will display the course Grade Book, which lists all of the required modules for that course. Each course is comprised of several modules. Most modules include a short quiz.
  4. You must pass each course with a score of at least 80%. Modules may be taken in one sitting or you may complete one, two or more modules and then log off. When you log in and return to the course, you will begin with the next module from your previous session.

Training Summary Form & Completion Reports

You are not required to print completion reports if you affiliate with SUNY Upstate. If you complete the courses through another institution, please print your completion reports. All personnel working with animals in research must have a Training Summary on file in the CHUA office for review by regulatory agencies.

Training Summary Word Icon form (and completion reports from other institution) must be submitted to the CHUA office before you begin working with animals in research. Submit all documents to:

Karen Coty, CHUA Coordinator
Department of Laboratory Animal Resources
WH 4159
phone: 315-464-6563

Updated: 1/2013