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Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane

Program of Laboratory Animal Resources (PLAR)


All personnel involved with the care and use of animals must be adequately educated, trained, and/or qualified in basic principles of laboratory animal science to help ensure high-quality science and animal well-being. The institution should provide appropriate education and training to members of research teams to ensure that they have the necessary knowledge and expertise for the specific animal procedures and the species used.

The IACUC requires completion of the Principles of Animal Care (PAC) and Occupational Health Training – Animals (OHT-A) prior to the approval of the Personnel Amendment. The following training sessions are offered by PLAR Management:

  • Facility Orientation and Tour
  • Animal Handling, Restraint, and Basic Techniques

Depending on the procedures included in the ASAF, the following training sessions may be required:

  • Breeding, Aging and Sexing Rodents
  • Working with Hazardous Agents in the Animal Lab
  • Surgery Skills
  • Protocol Specific Techniques (Bleeding, Gavage, IV Injections)

A newsletter discussing topics related to the research service centers is issued every other month. The newsletter includes an update for vivarium users. Copies of the newsletters can be found at the links below: