Animal research programs at UW-Madison study animals as models of humans and basic biological processes. The resources provided here can support faculty and staff to conduct ethical animal research to improve the health and well-being of animals and humans. The information and links provided are organized into the different groupings for trainings; policies, procedures and compliance; campus resources. At the bottom of the page we have included resources related to animal research that might be useful. More information is available on the SMPH Research Compliance page for Animal Use.
All personnel involved with animals must receive training in the ethical care and use of animals in research as well as in the actual procedures that may be performed on animals during the course of the research. Information and links are provided below for required and additional training to help faculty and staff determine the training they should complete. There are different entities and web spaces on campus to navigate for animal research training. We have tried to include the most important links and information below but this is not an exhaustive list.
Some trainings are required for everyone and other trainings are determined by the type of research conducted, animals used, etc. Using this guidance document and training matrix from RARC along with this list of compliance, protocol, and safety related training requirements can help you determine which training/s to complete. RARC also provides a useful getting started section to ensure the most basic requirements are completed.
These trainings are not required, but may be useful to faculty, staff, or personnel conducting, advising, or involved in animal research. Other optional trainings may be useful for faculty and staff conducting interdisciplinary research. Please review this list of compliance, protocol, and safety related training requirements.
Policies, Procedures, and Compliance
At a large research institution such as UW-Madison many layers of required rules, regulations, procedures and policies are applied to protect humans and animals; ensure we are compliant with the rules of our funding sources; and conduct the highest quality research. Below is a collection of links campus committees and systems for faculty and staff who may need to access to conduct animal research at UW-Madison. Faculty and staff may need to access other links or systems as this is not an exhaustive list.
Campus and Other Resources
Below is a selection of the many campus resources available to assist faculty and staff conduct research with animals.