Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Training for Researchers Using Vertebrate Animal Subjects
The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program is a subscription service providing research ethics education to all members of the research community. All NMU employees and students who work with vertebrates for research or educational activities are required to take and pass online training modules offered by CITI. The particular module or modules to be taken depends on the project and species used. Guidelines for which module(s) should be taken are listed below. Questions about this training should be directed to Dr. John Bruggink, the Chair of the NMU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
- All people who will work with vertebrate animals must take the relevant species-specific module offered. Currently, modules are offered for working with mice, rats, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, amphibians and certain larger animals in research settings. Researchers who will work with a vertebrate species other one of these listed groups should go to point (4), below.
- Those working with mice and rats must also take and pass the "Reducing Pain and Distress in Laboratory Mice and Rats" module.
- Those conducting research involving surgical procedures must take and pass the "Aseptic Surgery" module.
- Anyone who is named on an NMU IACUC application, either at the time of submission or included at a later time, must take and pass the "Working with the IACUC" module. Exemptions to this requirement may be made only by contacting the IACUC Chairperson, indicating the reason for the exemption; documentation of this exemption must be placed in the laboratory in which the research is ongoing, and a copy of the exemption must be sent to the Office of Graduate Education and Research.