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Animal Resource Center Facility Access for Students and Staff

Each individual applying to work with animals or requesting access to the Animal Resource Center must complete the following training and immunization requirements:

Comet Card Requirement for temporary ARC users

You will need a Comet Card to access the Animal Resource Center. You will need the administrator of your program to submit a University Access Authorization Form on your behalf. You will pick up your Comet Card at the Comet Center, Student Union Building 2.204.

Step 1: Access Requests and Online Training

Access Requests

In order for you to begin the vivarium access process, you will need to submit an access request through our lab management system, BioRAFT.

To request access:

Your facility access request will be submitted for processing and your training requirements will be activated and available to you (see instructions below).

Online Training

Training courses are associated with the safety reqruiements and functions within the vivarium. After requesting access, you will receive an email notification advising you of the courses you will need to complete.  Links within the email notification will direct you into the BioRAFT system to access the courses. Once you have logged into the system using your UTD NetID and password, you can access courses from your BioRAFT home screen in the Training section (https://utd.bioraft.com/).

Description: These online training modules are designed to provide an understanding of animal research regulations and proper care and handling of animals in a research setting. Please follow the instructions in the system.  Upon completion of the courses, the training system will be updated automatically.

Required Modules

  1. Ethical Decision-Making in Animal Research
  2. Personal Protective Equipment for Working in a Laboratory Animal Facility
  3. One or more of the species-specific modules pertaining to your research:
    • Working with the Laboratory Rat, and/or
    • Working with the Laboratory Mouse
  4. Pain Recognition and Alleviation in Laboratory Animals
  5. Post-Procedure Care of Mice and Rats in Research: Minimizing Pain and Distress

Optional Technique Modules**

  1. Aseptic Technique for Rodent Survival Surgery
  2. Inhalation Anesthesia Systems for Rodents

** Both are strongly recommended if you will be performing surgery.

Step 2: Immunization Requirements

Description: UT Dallas and IACUC policy require that individuals working with animals receive a Tetanus immunization. If you have already received a Tetanus immunization, please submit the record to the Office of Research Compliance (ORC). The immunization must not be older than 10 years, or you will have to be re-immunized. A tetanus immunization can be obtained from UTD Health Services.

Instructions: Proof of tetanus immunization (shot record) must be provided to ORC prior to obtaining access to the Vivarium.

Office of Research Compliance
Email Contact: Mary Beth Goodnight
Phone: 972-883-4595
Drop Off: Administration (AD) Building 3.218
Fax: 972.883.2310

Step 3: Orientation (by appointment only)

Description: This training is provided by our Animal Resource Center staff and is designed to acclimate the individual to the handling of animals and provide training on proper techniques.

Instructions: Steps 1 and 2 must be completed prior to scheduling an appointment for Orientation. Should an individual attempt to attend Orientation without an appointment, that individual will be turned away. If you have completed the requirements and would like to schedule an appointment, contact Mary Beth Goodnight.

Techniques and items covered:

  • Vivarium tour
  • Supplies
  • First Aid
  • Policies and SOPs, (i.e. needle stick policy, occupational safety, etc.)
  • Acclimation to animal handling (upon request)
  • Injections (upon request)
  • Gavaging (upon request)
  • Blood draw (upon request)
Step 4: Building Access Form

Instructions: This form must be signed by your Faculty Sponsor and returned to the Office of Research Compliance before access can be granted.

To acquire the form, contact Mary Beth Goodnight

Step 5: NSERL Badge

Description: Upon completion of the above four steps, the individual's Comet Card will be activated and a photo ID badge will be issued.

Instructions: Photo ID badges can be obtained at the Comet Center, Student Union (SU) 2.204. http://www.utdallas.edu/cometcenter/.

If you are having trouble obtaining a badge, contact Mary Beth Goodnight.