Institutional Animal User Training Program (IAUTP)

To receive training for work within the Rodent Research Facility, please click here to register

The Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) of the University of Lethbridge in compliance with the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) requires all personnel who will be working with research animals to complete appropriate training and that the University of Lethbridge maintain records to document this training. Until your training is successfully completed, access (including direct supervision access) to the animal facility is PROHIBITED unless prior authorization has been received from the Facility Coordinator.

The Institutional Animal User Training Program is provided through the Office of Research Ethics (theoretical knowledge in the principles of humane experimental science and ethical issues associated with the use of those animals, including the 3 R’s) and through Animal Care Services (practical knowledge, skills and competency assessment in animal handling).

For IAUTP Part 1 (Ethics) training, please contact Keiko McCreary, Ethics Officer by email at

General basic training (i.e. handling, restraint, anesthesia, and other standard veterinary procedures) for routinely-used species is managed by the Animal Care Services; where the training exists through Animal Care Services, it must be taken from the Animal Facility. However, under certain circumstances, often involving a unique species (i.e. birds or amphibians) or procedures developed by a researcher, the Principal Investigator may be recognized as the expert who will provide the training to others when required. In these cases, an Evidence of Part 2 Training to Meet CCAC Guidelines form should be submitted to the Research Ethics Office.  Note: as per CALAM standards of Veterinary Care, the veterinarian will be required to verify the training in circumstances where the PI has not previously been approved as a trainer for a particular procedure.