Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Training For Investigators, Students & Staff

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), a federally mandated committee, oversees all aspects of the institution's animal care and use program, facilities and procedures.  One of the many regulatory charges of the IACUC includes overseeing training of faculty, students, and staff of Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein) on the use of experimental animals. 

Faculty, students, and staff may NOT participate in animal research involving live animals UNTIL all required training has been required.  Below are step by step instructions on how to complete all required training.  

Please be sure to complete the instructions below in CONSECUTIVE ORDER. If you submit the "New Personnel Form" before steps 1 and 2 have been completed, the form will be returned and you will have to resubmit the form once steps 1 and 2 have been completed.  
  1. You MUST be medically cleared to participate in IACUC training by the Occupational Health Service Department of EINSTEIN.  To be medically cleared: 
    • The Principal Investigator (PI) needs to complete a "Health and Safety Assessment" form.
    • The completed form is submitted to Human Resources by the PI or the Department Admininstrator.  
    • Once Human Resources has approved form, new personnel will be contacted by the appropriate department (not the IACUC office) regarding medical and animal handler's clearance. 
     
  2. Complete ALL required CITI online training modules pertinent to the animal research you will be performing at Einstein.  For instruction on how to complete CITI online training and required online training modules, visit CITI Online Training Module. 
  3. The PI must submit an addendum to the approved protocol(s) to add personnel - through eSIRIUS.  For instructions on how to submit modification through eSIRIUS email: Dr. Sunder Shrestha or Dr. Linda Jelicks.  If the name of the person you are attempting to add in eSIRIUS does not appear in dropdown menu, complete "New Personnel Form" and return to IACUC by email. 
  4. Complete ALL required face to face training and brief tour of animal facility.  The IACUC office will register you for all face to face training once items 1-3 (above) have been addressed/completed.  For a list of all required face to face training sessions and dates for upcoming face to face training sessions visit Required Face to Face TrainingSEE NOTE BELOW. 
NOTE: Because of COVID-19 pandemic, all face to face training sessions have been cancelled.  Instead, PIs (or personnel currently listed on approved protocol) are required to train new personnel.  For additional information on this and to obtain required training assessment forms, contact Dr. Sunder Shrestha, Animal Welfare Officer, by email: sunder.shrestha@einsteinmed.org.  
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