Rodent Training

Fall 2017 Wet Lab Schedule

Rat Handling Mouse Handling Protocol Specific Training Aseptic Technique Rodent Anesthesia Rodent Basic Surgery
Sept 14, 20 Sept 11, 12, 18 Sept 29      
Oct 5 Oct 3 Oct 27 Sept 20 Sept 21 Sept 22
Nov 9 Nov 7 Nov 30      
Dec 7 Dec 5 Dec 15      

Spring 2018 Wet Lab Schedule

Rat Handling Mouse Handling Protocol Specific Training Aseptic Technique Rodent Anesthesia Rodent Basic Surgery
(Jan 11 Staff Only), Jan 15, Jan 22 (Jan 9 Staff Only), Jan 17, Jan 18, Jan 24, Jan 25 Jan 31 Jan 31    

Feb 8

Feb 13 (3605 Students only)

Feb 6 Feb 28   Feb 1 Feb 2
Mar 8 Mar 6 Mar 29      
Apr 5 Apr 10 Apr 30      

Registration Process

  1. Complete the online registration form to reserve your preferred lab training date and time. Note: The registration process is not completed until the submit box is selected. You will receive a copy of the registration form by email within 10 minutes of submitting. If you do not receive a copy of the registration form, contact the Training Coordinator.
  2. A confirmation email will be sent to your Primary Investigator (PI).
  3. Upon confirmation from your PI, the Training Coordinator will contact you with the login information for the required online tutorial(s) (see below for course information). Note: All prerequisites must be completed no later than 24 hours prior to your reserved date of training.
  4. Once you have completed the required tutorial(s), the Training Coordinator will contact you with details on your registered lab training session.

Training offered ONCE a MONTH:

  • Animal Handling Lab (Module 5)
  • Protocol Specific Training Lab (Module 14)

Training offered ONCE a SEMESTER:

  • Aseptic Technique Lab (Module 7)
  • Anaesthesia Lab (Module 9)
  • Basic Rodent Surgery Lab (Module 11)

If you are a previous animal user returning to animal use after an extended period of not handling animals (typically one year or longer), you will be required to repeat the Orientation Online Tutorial (Module 3), the Handling Online Tutorial (Module 4) and be assessed for animal handling proficiency.

Note: Examples of registration are at the bottom of the page.
Note: Wet Lab registration deadline is 5 working days prior to the available wet lab.

*Neuro3605 STUDENTS are required to complete the registration form for Module 3: Rodent Research Facility Orientation Lab*

IAUTP Courses:
Mandatory Modules:

  Course Name Course Description Prerequisites
Module 1 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Online Tutorial Allow 2 hours to complete. Information on how to prevent workplace injuries resulting from storage and use of hazardous products. Quiz 70% to Pass None
Module 2 Animal Research Ethics Course Online Tutorial (also known as Part 1) Allow 4 - 6 hours to complete. Ethics, guidelines, regulations and safety information. Quiz 72% = pass PI Approval
Module 3 Rodent Research Facility Orientation Online Tutorial Allow 2 hours to complete. Facility regulation, personal protective equipment (PPE), decontamination process, working alone, campus accident/incident reporting and submission of a 1/2 page essay on your personal view on the use of animals in research. Quiz 70% = pass
Note: Individuals that require access to the Rodent Research Facility and will not be working with animals, need to register for the Orientation Lab on the registration form.
PI Approval

Rat Handling:
Upon successful completion of Modules 4 & 5 below, the student will receive Rat Handling Certification

  Course Name Course Description Prerequisites
Module 4 Online Tutorial Allow 4 hours to complete. 3R's, history, biology, breeding, husbandry, common health concerns & diseases, sex determination, identification, recognizing pain and distress, endpoints, handling, restraint, safety concerns, cage cards and colony management program. Quiz 70% = pass. PI approval, Modules 1-3
Module 5 Lab This lab will allow the students to familiarize themselves with the species to gain confidence in handling them. Topics discussed will include facility orientation and regulations, humane handling, common methods for identifying animals, sex determination and performing a health assessment. The student will be required to show competency in sex determination, health assessment and humane handling of the rat prior to receiving certification. PI approval, Modules 1-4

Mouse Handling:
Upon successful completion of Modules 4 & 5 below, the student will receive Mouse Handling Certification

  Course Name Course Description Prerequisites
Module 4 Online Tutorial Allow 4 hours to complete. 3R's, history, biology, breeding, husbandry, common health concerns & disease, sex determination, identification, recognizing pain and distress, endpoints, handling, restraint, safety concerns, cage cards and colony management program. Quiz 70% = pass. PI approval, Modules 1-3
Module 5 Lab This lab will allow the student to familiarize themselves with the species and gain confidence in handling them. Topics discussed will include facility orientation and regulations, common methods for identifying animals, humane handling & restraint, sex determination and performing a health assessment. The student will be required to show competency in sex determination, health assessment and humane handling & restraint of the mouse prior to receiving certification. PI approval, Modules 1-4

Aseptic Technique:
The purpose of this course is to prepare the student with the skills and knowledge to assist a certified surgeon during surgery. Upon successful completion of Modules 6 & 7 below, the student will receive Aseptic Technique Course Completion Certification.

  Course Name Course Description Prerequisites
Module 6 Online Tutorial Allow 4 hours to complete. Instrument care, preparing surgical packs, autoclave use, preparing the surgery suite, recording and documention, and asepsis. Quiz 70% = pass PI approval, Modules 1-5
Module 7 Lab This lab will review all of the topics covered in Module 6 in a format that allows the student to practice all techniques required for assisting in surgery. PI approval, Modules 1-6

Rodent Anaesthesia:
The purpose of this course is to prepare the student with the skills and knowledge to assist a certified anaesthetist. Upon successful completion of Modules 8 & 9 below, the student will receive Anaesthesia Course Completion Certification. The certification does not include proof of competency; therefore the student must be under direct supervision while inducing and maintaining anaesthesia. If anaesthesia competency certification is desired, a Competency Review can be requested by contacting the Training Coordinator.

  Course Name Course Description Prerequisites
Module 8 Online Tutorial Allow 4 hours to complete. Rodent anaesthetic, rodent analgesia, anaesthesia monitoring, anaesthesia recovery, recording and documentation. Quiz 70% = pass PI approval, Modules 1-5
Module 9 Lab This lab will cover all topics covered in the Module 8 in a format that allows the student to practice all techniques required for assisting in surgery. PI approval, Modules 1-5, 8

Rodent Basic Surgery Course:
The purpose of this course is to prepare the student with the skills and knowledge to complete anaesthesia and surgery unsupervised. Until certification is achieved, the student is expected to work under direct supervision by a certified surgeon while performing surgery, anaesthesia and post-op care (where applicable). Upon successful completion of Modules 10, 11 & 12 below, the student will receive Rodent Surgical Competency Certification.

  Course Name Course Description Prerequisites
Module 10 Online Tutorial Allow 4 hours to complete. Gowning and gloving, asepsis, wound healing, sterile tip procedure, sterotaxic basics, incision, skull preparation basics and suturing. PI approval, Modules 1-9
Module 11 Lab This lab will review all topics covered in Module 8 in a format that allows the student to practice all techniques required for an introduction to surgery. The student will be provided with a checklist of expectations to prepare for the competency review (Module 12) PI approval, Modules 1-10
Module 12 Competency Review The purpose of the review is to ensure that the student is competent to perform the anaesthesia, surgical procedure, and post-op care (where applicable) without supervision. The University Veterinarian will observe the student through the entire anaesthetic, surgical procedure & post-op recovery. Upon the University Veterinarian's approval, certification will be given to the student. Certification is species specific and categorized as: Chronic Stereotax, Acute Stereotax or Other. Certification categories are not transferable to other categories or species. PI approval, Modules 1-11

Protocol Specific Training:
Upon successful completion of Module 14 below, the student will receive certification in the protocol specific technique for that species. The certification is not transferable to other rodent species.

  Course Name Course Description Prerequisites
Module 13 Online Tutorial Protocol specific training such as; restraint, injections, blood collection, etc. Quiz 70% = pass PI approval, participation in a study that involves the requested technique, Modules 1-5
Module 14 Bio-methodology
Lab
Protocol specific training such as; restraint, injections, blood collection, etc. Proficiency in handling will be required prior to attending the training lab. The student will be required to show competency in the procedure prior to receiving certification. PI approval, participation in a study that involves the requested technique, Modules 1-5, 13

Registration Examples

Example #1:
Lisa is a 3rd year undergrad that will be working in Lab X for the summer. She will be working with rats and will be helping a Grad Student by assisting in surgeries. The courses that Lisa will need to register for are:

  • Module 5: Rat Handling Lab
  • Module 7: Aseptic Technique Lab
  • Module 9: Rodent Anaesthesia Lab

After successful registration, the Training Coordinator will contact Lisa with all of the online tutorial prerequisites that are required to complete 24 hours prior to attending the scheduled lab

Example #2:
Bob is a grad student that will be working in Lab X for his Master's study. He will be working with mice and will be performing surgeries as part of his study. The courses that Bob will need to register for are:

  • Module 5: Mouse Handling Lab
  • Module 7: Aseptic Technique Lab
  • Module 9: Rodent Anaesthesia Lab
  • Module 11: Rodent Basic Surgery Course
  • Module 12: Competency Review

After successful registration, the Training Coordinator will contact Bob with all of the online tutorial prerequisites that are required to complete 24 hours prior to attending the scheduled lab

Example #3:
Tom is a laser technician that is working with Lab X. He will not be handling animals or will need to go into any of the animal housing rooms. He will only need to access the Rodent Research Facility to work on the laser equipment. The courses that Tom will need to register for are:

  • Module 3: Rodent Research Facility Orientation Lab

After successful registration, the Training Coordinator will contact Bob with all of the online tutorial prerequisites that are required to complete 24 hours prior to attending the scheduled lab

For more information on the training programs, contact the Training Coordinator.

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