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Required Animal Care and Use Training

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The Basic Course: Working with the IACUC

Is this the same thing as "the CITI course?" Why is it called that?

Yes, you may hear this referred to as "the CITI course." That's because it's offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), a non-profit training organization. "Working with the IACUC" is one of a number of courses the University subscribes to.

Do I have to take the Working with the IACUC Course?

If you are submitting a protocol for IACUC approval and you have not completed the training, or your former training completion has expired, you have to take the course. 

If you are a student, staff, or faculty member working on research involving care and use of animals and which must be approved by the IACUC, you have to take the ccourse.

If you are uncertain whether you have to take the course, contact your supervisor, your faculty member, the IACUC Chair, or the ORIC Director.

What if I have taken training at another institution?

Texas State uses the CITI program for training but we can accept proof of current (within 2 years) training from a comparable source or from another institution, as long as it meets the requirements set forth in the federal regulation. If you have proof of training (CITI or other) from another institution, send it to Becky Northcut in ORIC

How long is the training good for? Do I have to retake it every time I submit a protocol?

The basic course of training on use of animal subjects and working with the IACUC is required of all personnel every 5 years. In the case of a change in regulations or some other event that substantively impacts research with animals, researchers may be required to take an update sooner.

Is there a quiz? Do I need to make a minimum grade to pass the course?

There are brief quizzes after each module in the course. You need to achieve a cumulative score of 85 to pass the course.

Wildlife Field Safety Course

How do I know whether I have to take the Wildlife Field Safety training, and when to take it?

That depends on whether the training is related to one of your classes or academic projects, or if you are taking it because you are involved in wildlife research that requires an approval by the IACUC. If you are required to take it, your supervising faculty member, the IACUC chair, or the ORIC will contact you.

How do I find the Wildlife Field Safety training online, and how do i sign in or register?

  1. Go to TRACS
  2. Log in using your Texas State net ID and password
  3. Make sure you are in the My Workspace area (first tab on top)
  4. Click on  Membership (toward the bottom of the left side menu)
  5. Click on Joinable Sites (in small type, at top of screen, right under heading "Membership")
  6. Search for RIC_TRAIN_TRACS and join the group
  7. Once in RIC_TRACS_TRACS, click on Training Home
  8. Click on the link for the Wildlife Field Safety Training

Is there a quiz? Is there a minimum grade I have to make?

Yes. You have to score at least an 80 on the quiz.

Do I have to tell the IACUC I've taken the course and passed the quiz?

No. The IACUC has access to the TRACS Gradebook.

How many times can I take the quiz for the Wildlife Course?

As many times as you need to. Your highest grade will be the one saved and recorded.

How long does it take and do I have to do the whole training at one time?

The training and quiz can be completed in about 30 minutes. Click the green Save button on any page to save your progress, then you can log out and return later.

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Livestock Course

How do I know whether I have to take the Livestock Course, and when I have to take it?

That depends on whether the training is related to one of your agriculture classes, participation in the CDE or other similar event, or your involvement in agriculture research requiring IACUC approval. If you are required to take it, your supervising faculty member, the IACUC chair, or the ORIC will contact you.

How do I find the Livestock training online, and how do i sign in or register?

  1. Go to TRACS
  2. Log in using your Texas State net ID and password
  3. Make sure you are in the My Workspace area (first tab on top)
  4. Click on  Membership (toward the bottom of the left side menu)
  5. Click on Joinable Sites (in small type, at top of screen, right under heading "Membership")
  6. Search for RIC_TRAIN_TRACS and join the group
  7. Once in RIC_TRACS_TRACS, click on Training Home
  8. Click on the link for the Livestock Training

Is there a quiz? Is there a minimum grade I have to make?

Yes. You have to score at least a 70 on the quiz.

How many times can I take the quiz for the Wildlife Course?

As often as you need to. TRACS will retain your highest grade.

Do I have to tell the IACUC or ORIC I've taken the course and passed the quiz?

No. ORIC and the IACUC have access to the TRACS gradebook.

How long does it take and do I have to do the whole training at one time?

The training and quiz can be completed in about an hour. Click the green Save button on any page to save your progress, then you can log out and return later.