Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee

The Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) ensures institutional compliance with federal regulations that govern animal care and use for all research, teaching, and training projects.

IACUC Personnel Requirements

To enroll in the OHS and/or the MACU training on the Tufts Learning Center you will first need to create a Learning Center account. To create your account in Tufts Learning Center, simply click here and sign in with your Tufts University user name and password. If you do not have a Tufts University account please reach out to IACUC-Office@tufts.edu. We recommend using Firefox or Chrome browsers.

Once your account is created or if you already have one click here to access the training modules.

Requirements for Personnel Working with IACUC-Covered Animals

IACUC Clearance

IACUC Clearance must be attained prior to personnel beginning any animal work. Personnel and their Principal Investigators will receive a notification once their requirements are complete and they have attained IACUC clearance. Clearance is granted only after the following requirements have been completed:

  • Completion of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) assessment
  • Completion of the relevant IACUC trainings:
    • Mandatory Animal Care and Use (MACU) Training
    • Rodent Survival Surgical (RSS) Training, if applicable

Please review the IACUC Policy on Requirements for Personnel Working with IACUC-Covered Animals for more information about requirements.

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Assessment

To complete your initial or to renew your OHS assessment please log into the Learning Center and enroll in the IACUC training curriculum: click here.

Boston Campus

If this is your initial IACUC-specific health assessment AND you work for Tufts Medical Center, please call Employee Health at (617) 636-5480 to make your appointment.

If you have any questions please reach out to: Joanne Keane, RN JKeane@tuftsmedicalcenter.org (617-636-5480)

Medford Campus

If you have any questions please reach out to: Joanne Keane, RN JKeane@tuftsmedicalcenter.org (617-636-5480)

Grafton Campus

If you have any questions please reach out to: Karen Therrien, RN Karen.Therrien@tufts.edu.

Mandatory Animal Care and Use (MACU) Training

To complete the MACU training please be sure you have created an account with the Tufts Learning Center as described above

Please click here to access the training modules.

You will need to complete the MACU training as well as the supplemental facility training  and review the IACUC policies.

Rodent Survival Surgery (RSS) Training

If you will be performing Rodent Survival Surgery or if you are a PI on a protocol where RSS is approved, please email IACUC-Office@tufts.edu to request access to this training module. Once confirmation of your involvement is obtained, instructions will be sent to you by email.

Access Requests

After IACUC clearance has been attained, information about getting an ID and/or access to the animal facilities can be requested by emailing:


Annual completion of the OHS assessment is required. Both MACU and RSS training must be repeated every 3 years. The IACUC office will begin sending renewal reminders well in advance of the expiration date. If an individual fails to renew OHS or mandatory training requirements, the IACUC office will remove the person from the animal protocol, revoke animal facility access, and inform the Principal Investigator that the person is not approved to work with animals.

Addition of personnel to an active protocol can be done administratively through the use of a Supplement P. Email the completed form to the IACUC-office@tufts.edu. Click here for more information on personnel amendments.

The IACUC office cannot legally receive or transmit any OHS forms. Only the OHS staff may review health information. Please direct any questions, concerns, or medical forms directly to the OHS staff for your campus.

Absolutely! Please complete the above steps. 

After you complete both the MACU and OHS assessment, you will receive an IACUC clearance notification. Once you receive this notification, you will be added to the appropriate IACUC protocol and are free to request access by emailing IACUC-office@tufts.edu.

The animal health services group on each campus (Tufts CMS, LAMS, and CBU) offers supplemental trainings on technical procedures. Please reach out to them directly for additional training.