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Yes. Before an individual is permitted to work with live animals, he or she must:

  1. Complete specific online educational modules via CITI;
  2. Submit an Initial Health History Form, including the most recent tetanus immunization date, to enroll in the Occupational Health program. Subsequent clearance by the Occupational Physician is required;
  3. Complete an orientation to the Vivarium (required only for protocols that involve work in the Vivarium);
  4. Be listed on an approved IACUC protocol, with specific roles and duties assigned. Note: The techniques selected for all personnel require separate hands-on training and written certification by the Attending Veterinarian (or his/her designee) OR the Principal Investigator. This hands-on training may be completed after protocol approval; however, personnel are NOT permitted to initiate any technique with animals prior to written certification of competency.

These requirements apply for ALL faculty, staff, post-doctoral fellows, students, and anyone else handling live vertebrate animals. In addition, these requirements also apply to foreign students or visiting fellows or faculty, individuals not affiliated with the University but who contract with UNC Charlotte to engage in animal research on campus.


Protocol approval will be withheld until all personnel listed on the application have completed the preliminary personnel requirements described above. 

For additional questions or clarification contact the IACUC Coordinator at