ACS Online & Lab Rodent Courses

Six courses are currently offered:

1. Introduction to Working with Rodents in Research 
(Previously known as Rodent Biology and Husbandry)

This course is required for all users that work with rodents.

The Introduction to Working with Rodents in Research course has been updated to include new content.  Course content includes rodent behaviour, anatomy and physiology, clinical assessment (recognition of illness and injury), post-procedure monitoring, husbandry effects on research, environmental enrichment and euthanasia. Goals of the laboratory component include introduction to handling, clinical assessment, recognition of humane endpoints, recognition of and monitoring for pain, post-procedure monitoring, euthanasia and basic gross necropsy.

There will be a separate workshop for introduction to rodent restraint and subcutaneous (SQ) and intraperitoneal (IP) injection techniques for those students who need to be able to perform these procedures.

At the end of the hands-on laboratory, each student will be assessed a grade in order to determine whether they have demonstrated competency or proficiency in the techniques taught in this course.  Click here for a further description of how competency and proficiency are determined.

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2. Rodent Restraint and Injections Workshop*

The Rodent Restraint and Injections workshop covers humane restraint, subcutaneous and intraperitoneal injection techniques, and discusses general considerations for injections (such as sterility, needle sizes, syringe sizes, syringe handling, and safe needle handling). This workshop is for students who will be performing rodent restraint and as well as subcutaneous and intraperitoneal injections in their labs.

*Note: The Introduction to Working with Rodents in Research course is a prerequisite course.

At the end of the hands-on laboratory, each student will be assessed a grade in order to determine whether they have demonstrated competency or proficiency in the techniques taught in this course.  Click here for a further description of how competency and proficiency are determined.

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3. Introduction to Anesthesia of the Laboratory Rodent*
(Previously known as General Principles of Rodent Anesthesia)

This course has been revised and will be implemented May 1, 2016. The fee for this course will increase to $90 per lab effective September 15, 2016.

This course is required only for all users that anesthetize rodents, including for terminal or non-survival procedures.

The course content will cover administration of injectable and gas anesthetics, emergencies, monitoring, recovery, supportive care and pain management. The laboratory component will include use of gas anesthetics, comparison of multiple injectable anesthetics, and training on monitoring and supportive care during anesthesia.

*Note: The Introduction to Working with Rodents in Research course and the Rodent Restraint and Injections workshop course are prerequisite courses.

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4. General Principles of Rodent Surgery**

This course is required only for all users that perform surgical procedures on rodents.

Topics covered will include surgical planning and care, aseptic technique, proper tissue handling, instruments and suture basics, considerations for neonatal and other specialized surgeries, and wound care and management. The laboratory will emphasize performing surgery with aseptic technique, surgery with sterile instrument tips, proper tissue handling and instrument use, suture patterns and tension, and appropriate supportive care.

**Note: The Introduction to Anesthesia of the Laboratory Rodent course is a prerequisite course.

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5. Rodent Oral Gavage Workshop*

This course is required only for all users that perform oral gavage on rodents.

The Rodent Oral Gavage workshop covers administration of substances via oral gavage, restraint required, considerations in choosing appropriate gavage needles/feeding tubes and potential complications. Being proficient at restraint is imperative before performing this procedure.

At the end of the hands-on laboratory, each student will be assessed to determine whether they have demonstrated competency or proficiency in the techniques taught in this course.

*Note: The Introduction to Working with Rodents in Research course and the Rodent Restraint and Injections workshop course are prerequisite courses.

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6. Rodent Tail Vein Injection Workshop*^

This course is required only for all users that perform tail vein injections on rodents.

The Rodent Tail Vein Injection workshop covers administration of substances via tail vein injections and discuss general considerations for this route of injection (sterility of substances, needle and syringe sizes, syringe handling and safe needle handling) as well as potential complications.

At the end of the hands-on laboratory, each student will be assessed to determine whether they have demonstrated competency or proficiency in the techniques taught in this course.

*Note: The Introduction to Working with Rodents in Research course and the Rodent Restraint and Injections workshop course are prerequisite courses.

^If injections will be performed under anesthesia, Introduction to Anesthesia of the Laboratory Rodent is also a prerequisite course.

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