Guidelines for Maintaining Procedural Training Documentation

All faculty, staff, students, facility managers, Principal Investigators, and visiting scholars/personnel who use or work here at NCSU with animals in research or teaching, including animal care, must document and maintain records of how personnel are trained. Our Animal Welfare Assurance with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) indicates that all Principal Investigators will ensure that personnel will receive appropriate training.

General recommended Information

Documentation for the training must be accurate and up-to-date. The training records should be available for review by the IACUC office and/or IACUC members during semiannual site inspections. This will help to ensure proper training is being conducted as well as having a plan in place for training of inexperienced individuals.

When creating the documentation, list the procedures in which individual(s) are trained; species; who provided the training.


Activities requiring training include, but are not limited to, the following

  • Animal handling, weighing, and restraint
  • Tattooing, tagging, or other means of animal identification
  • Injections (SC, IM, IV, IP, etc.)
  • Blood collections (venipuncture, retro-orbital, etc.)
  • Anesthesia (injectable, gas, local, etc.)
  • Oral administration (oral dosing, gavage, intubation)
  • Surgery including biopsy
  • Euthanasia (injectable, CO2, physical)
  • Any other manipulation of live vertebrate animals described within an animal use protocol

Training Contacts

Principal Investigators and lab members can also contact an NCSU laboratory animal veterinarian about receiving training in a particular animal procedure:

  1. Nneka George, NCSU University Attending Veterinarian, NCSU Laboratory Animal Resources, P: 919.513.2365, E: