Certificate in the Ethical Foundations of Animal Care and Use Overview
The Certificate in the Ethical Foundations of Animal Care and Use will provide you with an understanding of the ethical and regulatory basis of animal care and use in research. The program is designed to provide you with expert advice, real-life examples, and strategies to enhance your knowledge in this area.
After completing a Certificate in the Ethical Foundations of Animal Care and Use, recipients will be able to:
- Discuss ethical issues that arise in animal research and strategies for ensuring institutional compliance, fostering ethical responsibility, and advancing research.
- Understand the core responsibilities of institutional officials, IACUCs, and attending veterinarians to ensure institutional compliance is achieved in accordance with federal regulations governing animal research.
- Explain regulatory requirements related to the use of animals in research as set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Office for Laboratory Animal Welfare.
- Utilize regulatory requirements, ethical principles, and best practices to identify and address issues related to pain and distress, housing, enrichment, and the 3Rs.
- Identify the components of the protocol review process and discuss whether proposed research meets federal requirements.
Enrollment and Cost
Enrollment in the program is required. Once enrolled, participants will receive a form that can be used to track their progress toward completion of the program requirements. They will also receive regular updates via email about upcoming programs that meet certificate requirements. All requirements must be completed within three years.
The program is free to PRIM&R members. Nonmembers pay a nominal enrollment fee of $49.
The Certificate in the Foundations of Animal Care and Use is not a prerequisite to, nor does it count toward, eligibility for the Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA®) certification. Additionally, some position announcements state a requirement for CPIA certification. This certificate DOES NOT fulfill that requirement, nor is it intended to demonstrate the same level of competency. Rather, it demonstrates a basic understanding of animal care and use.