Molnar D, Malinowski C and Singleton W. Training programs designed to support and enhance the 3Rs in animal research [abstract]. ALTEX. 2009;26(Special Issue):215-216. Abstract 146


In the United States, ensuring appropriate training is the responsibility of the Institution as stated in the Animal Welfare Act, the Public Health Service Policy and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Regardless of federally designated responsibility, programs of excellence recognize training as one of the pillars supporting animal research. Proper training in the humane care and use of laboratory animals for researchers, animal care staff and the veterinary staff is essential for the success of an animal care program. Training ensures animals are appropriately cared for, equipment functions and is used properly, safety measures are adhered to, and research is conducted efficiently, effectively, and humanely. Additionally, animal welfare is greatly enhanced and animal numbers may be reduced when animal care and research techniques are performed by trained personnel. A robust training program will seek out ways to continually improve the way research is performed, optimizing resources and refining animal techniques. Three trainers from American academic institutions will describe a comprehensive animal care training program, current practices, successes and failures, and future training trends relevant to changing demands on an institution. Examples will be given as to how these programs support and enhance the 3Rs in animal research. Additionally, this presentation will focus on alternative methods of meeting training needs for institutions not having their own training program or those wanting to refine how training is delivered.

Link to journal: ALTEX - Alternatives to Animal Experimentation