Training Information

All personnel listed on active animal projects must (1) enroll in the Occupational Health and Safety Program (OHSP) and (2) complete Animal User Certification prior to beginning any animal work.

Animal User Certification training must be completed every 4 years and OHSP should be reviewed annually and updated as necessary. You may complete both initial, as well as refresher training via CITI.

If you have any questions regarding training, please contact Trina Smith, Animal Care & Use Program Officer, at 662-325-0994 or by email at

Animal User Certification via CITI

Personnel listed on an IACUC protocol must complete the Animal User Certification course. Completion of the required modules in the course "Working with the IACUC" takes most people 1-2 hours. Questions will be administered to test comprehension. You must pass all required modules with a combined score of 80% or better. You do not have to complete all of the modules at one time. You may stop and return at a later time to complete the rest of the modules by signing in with the user name and password you chose during registration. Instructions

The Animal User Certification via CITI Instructions:

  1. Go to the CITI Program website at
  2. New Users click "Create an Account".
  3. There are 7 steps to register your account.
    • Select and Institution (Choose Mississippi State University)
    • Provide personal information
    • Create "Username" & "Password" (Use your netid if possible, but you may make up any username if you netid is unavailable)
    • Gender, Ethnicity and Race (You may choose not to disclose)
    • Continuing Education Credits
    • Information requested by MSU
    • Select Curriculum (Answer the required questions. If you are conducting studies that use animals, you must complete the basic course "Working with the IACUC." The species-specific modules are encouraged.
  4. Finalize registration.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email from CITI
  6. Follow the link in the email and log in.
  7. You will see "Working with the IACUC" under your Mississippi State University courses. Click on that link to start the course.
  8. After you complete the required modules, the Office of Research Compliance will receive an email notification.

Occupational Health and Safety

All personnel working with or around vertebrate animals at MSU are required to enroll in the Occupational Health and Safety Program (OHSP). Once basic information such as name, contact information, and physician name is provided, the user will then provide medical information for assessment by the MSU occupational health and safety physician.

Our office will be notified of your completion of the training once you have completed all of the required modules.

Occupational Health and Safety Instructions

All users: