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Animal welfare regulations require that personnel working with animals are qualified through appropriate training involving the proper handling and care of animals and the regulatory requirements of animal research.

*If you will be involved in field research, please visit the Field Research page for separate training instructions.

Each individual applying to work with animals or requesting access to the Animal Care Facility must complete the following training and immunization requirements:


These online training modules are designed to provide an understanding of animal research regulations and proper care and handling of animals in a research setting. To access the training modules, follow the steps provided below:

Required Modules:

  • The Base Module (The Humane Care & Use of Laboratory Animals)
  • The Safety Module (Occupational Health & Safety)
  • The Species Module (one or more of the species-specific modules pertaining to your research)

Optional Modules:

  • Techniques Modules (Aseptic Surgery of Rodents, Anesthesia and Analgesia of Rodents) - required if you will be performing surgery



This training is provided by UTA's Animal Care Facility Manager, Alphas Wicker, and is designed to acclimate the individual to the handling of animals and provide training on proper techniques.

To schedule an appointment for Hands-On Training, contact Mr. Alphas Wicker at 817-272-5236 or

Techniques and items covered:

  • Animal facility tour
  • Supplies
  • First aid
  • Policies and SOPs, i.e. needle stick policy, occupational safety, etc.
  • Acclimation to animal handling
  • Animal restraint methods
  • Injections
  • Gavaging
  • Blood draw

Protocol Dependent

When a protocol is submitted, the IACUC Specialist and the Animal Care Facility Manager will review it and create a unique list of training procedures specific to that protocol. This could include techniques such as:

  • Intubation
  • Catheterization
  • Stereotaxic Surgery
  • Breeding
  • Anesthesia/Analgesia
  • Aseptic Surgery
  • Euthanasia
  • Biosafety Level 2
  • Animal Transportation


You may be requested or required to complete other University training(s) as a condition of your research participation such as Biosafety Level 2, Working with Vaccinia, and Bloodborne Pathogens. The most common is Hazard Communication Training (HazCom). It is a State requirement for HazCom training to be completed by all UT Arlington employees and students who use, handle, or transfer hazardous chemicals at their workplace. To complete the training now, visit: Log in using your UTA net ID and password. For questions or assistance, please contact the Environmental Health & Safety Office at 817-272-2185 or

*For instructions on obtaining access to the Animal Care Facility.