The IACUC has established a series of on-line training modules for investigators which must be completed before animal use will be allowed. You will need to establish an account with the AALAS Learning Library by clicking Subscribe (on the upper right of the page next to Sign In), select “Yes” for “Were you provided an access code by an institution already subscribed to the AALAS Learning Library”, then entering "USCTraining". You will then be able to create your own username and password. Please enter all of the requested information. The account registration must be approved by the DLAR staff; you will receive a notice when your account is approved. When you next log in you should be asked to enter further information including PI/Supervisor, USC Billing Fund #, and Department. There is a one-time fee of $20 per person, which provides access to all online modules.

The IACUC has several other policies concerning animal use which investigators must be familiar with:

Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
Cell Line Use in Live Animals
Use of Expired Material and Non-Pharmaceutical Grade Drugs
Euthanasia of Laboratory Animals
Food and Water Restriction of Animals
Use of Freud's Adjuvant in Laboratory Animals
Genetically Modified Animals and Unexpected Outcomes
Housing of Aquatic Species
Humane Endpoints in Animal Use Proposals
Importation of Rodents
Inspection of USC Animal Facilities by Non-USC Personnel
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Mouse Cage Density
Multiple Survival Surgery Procedures
Nonhuman Primates
Physical Restraint of Animals
Post Approval Monitoring
Quarantine and Stabilization of Animals
Reporting Concerns about the Use of Laboratory Animals
Review of Animal Use Protocols
Rodent Survival Surgery
Service Animals
Social Housing and Environmental Enrichment
Sterilization of Instruments and Supplies for Aseptic Surgery Procedures
Training Personnel for Laboratory Animal Use or Care
Use of Volatile Anesthetics


AALAS - University Animal Use Training Program
TOPAZ - To submit an animal use protocol or place an animal order
ILAR Guide for the Care & Use of Laboratory Animals - Provides standards for care and use of live, vertebrate animals in laboratory research.
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare - Guidelines for the Care and Use of Mammals in Neuroscience & Behavioral Research can be accessed here.
NIH: Public Health Service Policy
AVMA Panel on Euthanasia
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