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Angela Gamble, BS, LATG
OAW Compliance Manager
Phone: 434-924-5752
Email: adr8s

OAW Location & Contacts
Cobb Hall, Room S-052 & S-055
P.O. Box 800720
Charlottesville, VA
Fax: 434-982-4092
Email: animalwelfare

Training Links: Training Decision Tree | Live In-Person Training | Other Training Resources

Online Training

The Office of Animal Welfare offers access to a variety of web-based training modules. Descriptions and instructions for accessing the modules are shown below.

NOTE: you must either be an Approved Animal Handler,
or your name must have been submittted to the IACUC to become an Approved Animal Handler,
in order to access Animal Handler training at UVA.

How to access Animal Handler Training

  • Go to this web page and log in using your UVA NetBadge credentials. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Scroll down the "Animal Handler Profile Data" page, or select “Training Records & Responsibilities” at the top of the page to navigate to the training section.
  • Read the instructions first. The training sections are separated into completed training (green font) and incomplete training that must be completed (red font).
  • There are two types of online training: ones that were created by UVA and others that are offered through an external training vendor (LATA or AALAS Learning Library-ALL). In either case, select the “click here to start” and you will be directed to the course or redirected to the external vendor.
  • After successfully completing the training, including any assessment quiz, you may print your "Certificate of Completion".
  • Documentation of your completion of any training will occur automatically in the Office of Animal Welfare database.

***The requirement for completing any online module with "LATA" in the title is currently deferred by the ACUC. During the deferment period, animal handler approval and protocol approval will not be withheld due to the incompletion of this training. Contact Angela Gamble adr8s@virginia.edu, Office of Animal Welfare with any additional concerns. Animal handlers will be required to complete the training once AALAS Learning Library modules are accessible.

Working Safely with Animals

This module presents information on the most common hazards associated with animal research and best practices to minimize risk of injury. This module is required for all Animal Handlers.

Animal Research Refresher for Faculty

This module is required to be taken by Principal Investigators of animal research protocols once every 3 years.

Rodent Survival Surgery

This module provides a general overview of proper surgical technique and basic considerations for anesthesia, pre-operative preparation, and post-operative care in rodents.  This module is required for anyone performing survival surgery in rodents.

There are 3 separate training sections:

  1. General Training in Rodent Survival Surgery
  2. Simple Suture Patterns for Rodent Surgery
  3. Special Considerations for Aseptic Surgery in a Transgenic Mouse Facility

Large Animal Surgery

This module provides an overview of proper surgical technique and basic considerations for anesthesia, pre-operative preparation, and post-operative care in USDA regulated species.   The format requires flash software available on most computers.  This module is required for anyone performing survival surgery on non-rodent mammals.

Frog Handler Training

This module is required for anyone handling frogs.

Laboratory Animal Training Association (LATA) Modules

***The requirement for completing any online module with "LATA" in the title is currently deferred by the ACUC. During the deferment period, animal handler approval and protocol approval will not be withheld due to the incompletion of this training. Contact Angela Gamble adr8s@virginia.edu, Office of Animal Welfare with any additional concerns. Animal handlers will be required to complete the training once AALAS Learning Library modules are accessible.

Working Safely With Nonhuman Primates

"Working Safely with Nonhuman Primates" was produced by the NIH Office of Animal Care and Use in 1999 for training staff in the NIH intramural research program. This video has a strong emphasis on proper use of personal protective equipment combined with understanding nonhuman primate behavior. This module is required for anyone working with nonhuman primates.
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