University of Hawai‘i
Research Compliance


The Animal Welfare Regulations and Public Health Service Policy require all personnel involved with the care and use of animals must be adequately educated, trained, and/or qualified in basic principles of laboratory animal sciences to help ensure high-quality science and animal well-being; and that all training of Program personnel should be documented. (Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 8th edition and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA, Animal Welfare 9 CFR)

Steps Requirements for Everyone Who Uses Vertebrate Animals for Research, Teaching, or Testing

  1. ​Take all prerequisite instruction.
  2. Contact for Occupational Health and Safety Education (Required before a person will be approved on protocol or given access to a vivarium).
  3. Request for Veterinary Care (PIs with new protocols). Fill out the IACUC Policy 15 Form, and submit to
  4. Complete and submit Topaz Online IACUC form.

Additional Requirements for People Who Use the AVS Vivaria

  1. Request Animal Holding Space in one of the two Biomedical Vivaria (Required for Principal Investigator before he or she and his or her personnel can become authorized to use a vivarium; PI can delegate responsibility for completing the form to a designee; PI must have an approved protocol)
  2. Fill out and submit an AVS Security Access Request Form (Required for each person on a protocol who will need access to a vivarium). Each person will be registered for Online Vivarium training, and a hands-on training will be scheduled.
  3. Contact the appropriate Environmental Health and Safety Office for lab safety education (Required before a person will be approved for vivarium access)
  4. Contact ORC Biosafety Program for biosafety education. (Required before a person will be approved for access to a vivarium)
  5. To learn about hands-on training requirements, read the IACUC Policy on Documentation of Training in Biomedical Research Techniques.
  6. Optional basic lecture and hands-on 1-hour laboratory course on rodent handling, restraint, injections, blood collection, sexing, and breeding.
    • The course is a basic course that covers rodent handling, restraint, injections, blood collection, sexing, and breeding. It is a lecture and hands on laboratory course. It takes approximately 1 hour. Please contact Robert Goya-Smith at to sign up.

Protocol-specific instruction

The Principal Investigator is responsible for providing education on the specific procedures described in the IACUC-approved protocol and other education that promotes best research practices and safety. All such instruction and learning must be documented and available to the IACUC for review. Examples of protocol-specific instruction includes euthanasia procedures, survival surgery, ear tagging or notching, and genotyping.