Federal regulations require the use of an ACUC at any institution that uses animals as per the USDA definition or has vertebrate species research supported by the PHS. The tasks of an ACUC include reviewing all protocols involving the use of animals by an employee of that institution as part of his/her official duties. The meaning of “use of animals” is not limited to usage on campus, but also includes field studies. A unique feature of this institution, compared to other CSUs, is that we are accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) and have been since 1997. This is the highest standard of accreditation that can be achieved by an institution using laboratory animals. The NIH, in its current policies, accepts AAALAC accreditation as the best means of demonstrating conformance with NIH requirements for animal care and use. The ACUC is responsible for helping to maintain the high standards that AAALAC demands of its accredited institutions.
Competency after training is a combination of knowledge and technique. The Cal Poly Pomona ACUC adopted the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) on-line program to provide a consistent high-quality format for information about using animals in research and teaching. The nearly 100 modules have been grouped for various purposes (ACUC member, basic "101" training, specialty activities such as surgery or non-traditional species, and animal worker). Here is a list of the modules. Click on the link below to register through Cal Poly (it's free!), and select and do the animal coursework (there are also courses in human studies and responsible conduct of research which you may take). Each module should take ~15 minutes to read, study, and pass the quiz; they can be done at various times. When all modules in the group are completed, a transcript will be generated and sent electronically to the ACUC office. Keep note of it for yourself to include in the training section of the animal study protocol. This program was introduced in 2010 and became mandatory for protocol approval in 2011.
For information about registering with CITI, review this PDF of a PowerPoint demonstration (updated 17 August 2010). Ask for assistance from the Research Compliance Office (909-869-4215).
Additionally, information about other means of training can be obtained by contacting the ACUC office or the Building 92 facility coordinator.