Continuing Mandatory Education

The GUIDE for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals states the following: "Continuing education programs should be offered to reinforce training and provide updates that reflect changes in technology, legislation, and other relevant areas." IACUC Document 106 (pdf, 2pgs) defines the University of Kentucky's plan to ensure compliance with the continuing education requirements for all personnel listed on an active protocol.

Complete every three (3) years: “Working with the IACUC” or “Refresher: Working with the IACUC” which can be accessed through AALAS Learning Library AND one course, of your choice, from the DLAR workshops or on-line courses listed below. Each course/workshop earns one continuing education credit.

The Office of the Attending Veterinarian (OAV) offers a Training Requirements Checklist (pdf, 1pg) to assist you in locating and completing all training resources relevant to animal research and lab work. In addition to IACUC requirements, Occupational Health & Safety, Environmental Health & Safety, and Financial Disclosure/Conflict of Interest training resources are identified. The checklist is for your own personnel use and retention only and does not need to be submitted to the IACUC.

Continuing education may be obtained from the following sources:


On-line courses

NOTE: Initial mandatory education courses do not count toward continuing education credit. Listed below are some of the courses available through the AALAS Learning Library. Clicking on the course hyperlink below will take you to the AALAS Learning Library where you will be required to provide a logon id and password. If you do not remember your AALAS Learning Library logon id and password, contact Angela Croucher in the Office of the Attending Veterinarian.

After successfully logging in, the "Continuing Education:" course groups in the AALAS Learning Library are located on the left hand side of the page under "TRACKS".

General Rodent Large Animal Other

Laboratory Animal Allergy

Introduction to Gerbils

ALAT 24: Cats

ALAT 23: Rabbits

Animal Welfare Act Regulations

Introduction to Guinea Pigs

Introduction to Cats

Introduction to Rabbits

Biosafety in Microbiologic and Biomedical Laboratories (5th Edition)

Introduction to Hamsters

ALAT 25: Dogs

ALAT 29: Birds

Good Laboratory Practice Standards

Genetically Engineered Mice: Historical Perspectives

Introduction to Dogs

ALAT 30: Fish

8th Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals Lessons

Genetically Engineered Mice: Evaluating the Phenotype

Video: Working With the Laboratory Dog

Working with Laboratory Xenopus

PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

Genetically Engineered Mice: Transgenesis/Conditional Control Systems

Working with the Laboratory Dog: The Basics

ALAT 31: Amphibians

Maintaining Animal Procedure Areas

Introduction to Mice

Working with the Laboratory Dog: Endotracheal Intubation

Working with Laboratory Zebrafish

Syringes and Needles

Mouse Breeding Colony Management

Working with the Laboratory Dog: Injections and Blood Collection

ALAT 32: Ferrets

Common Compliance Issues

Working with the Laboratory Mouse

Working with the Laboratory Dog: Urinary Catheterization

Introduction to Amphibians

Post-Approval Monitoring

Introduction to Rats

Working with the Laboratory Dog: Venous Catheterization

Introduction to Ferrets

Occupational Health and Animal Biosafety

Working with the Laboratory Rat

ALAT 26: Swine

Working with the Laboratory Ferret

The Semiannual Facility Inspection

ALAT 10: Husbandry

Introduction to Swine

Working with Poultry in the Laboratory

Animal Facility Designs for Biocontainment

ALAT 18: Mice

ALAT 27: Ruminants

Aquatic Animal Husbandry and Management

Laboratory Biosecurity

ALAT 17: Heredity and Breeding

Introduction to Sheep and Goats

ALAT 33: Less Common Research Animals

Working with Controlled Substances

ALAT 19: Rats

Video: Working Safely with Nonhuman Primates


Ergonomics for Animal Technicians: Working Smart

ALAT 20: Hamsters

ALAT 28: Nonhuman Primates


Laboratory Animal Nutrition

ALAT 21: Gerbils

Introduction to Nonhuman Primates


LATG 4: Regulations

ALAT 22: Guinea Pigs

Health Risks and Safety Procedures for Working with Nonhuman Primates


LATG 16: Anesthesia and Analgesia

LAT 4: Genetics and Breeding



LATG 13: Common Diseases of Laboratory Animals

Ethical Case 1: Mouse in a Parasitology Experiment


Bloodborne Pathogens Training for Animal Research

Ethical Case 2: Rat with Partial Paralysis


Dose Calculations: Basic

LAT 3: Laboratory Techniques


Avoiding Financial Conflict of Interest in Federal Research


Concepts and Practices of Animal Biosafety: ABSL-2 and ABSL-3


Animal Biosafety Risk Assessment and Management


Institutional Responsibilities and Animal Biosafety


DLAR workshops

DLAR Workshops

Continuing education credits are available through these DLAR workshops. Contact the indicated trainer below for reservations or visit the DLAR training website for more information and handouts.

DLAR Workshop

Humane Techniques for Rodent Euthanasia using CO2

Mouse Breeding Colony Management

Aseptic Surgery Techniques Workshop

Using the Rodent Anesthesia Machine

Basic Handling of Mice and Rats and Common Procedures Training

Injection Techniques for Mice and Rats

Post Surgical Monitoring

Suturing Basics for Rodents

Hands-on Rodent Surgical Workshop