Research Ethics Office

Animal User Research Training Requirements

The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) guidelines mandate that

“All personnel involved in the use of animals in research, teaching and testing must be adequately trained in the principles of laboratory animal science and the ethical issues involved in animal use.”

This includes principal investigators, research staff, trainees, animal care staff, etc.

The University of Alberta training requirements for animal users are delivered in two parts: 

  1. Part 1: Ethics of Animal Use - This is the minimum training required for all animal users.  It is a prerequisite for Part 2 Training and must be completed in order to use REMO.  It is an online course managed by the Research Ethics Office.
  2. Part 2: Species and Procedure/Technique Training Modules - These are hands-on training courses managed and offered by the Animal Services Units, and SMRI.