ACS Online & Lab Rodent Courses

Introduction to Aseptic Techniques: Hands-on lab price change

The Introduction to Aseptic Techniques in Rodent Surgery course has been extended to a full day. Effective September 1, 2019 the Introduction to Aseptic Techniques in Rodent Surgery course fee will increase to $125 for UBC students and researchers. For external non-UBC researchers, the new fee will be $250. For more information, visit News + Events.

Sample Laboratory Calendar

IWRR and RSCIP hands-on laboratories are typically offered in the first half of each month. RA, TVINJ, RSx, and GAVAGE laboratories are typically offered in the second half of each month.

Please keep this schedule in mind when making your online course enrollment and self-study plans.


Six courses are currently offered:

1. Introduction to Working with Rodents in Research (IWRR)

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.

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

*Prerequisite: CCAC Online Ethics.

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2. Rodent Restraint and SC/IP Injections (RSCIP)

The Rodent Restraint and SC/IP Injections course 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 course is for students who will be performing rodent restraint and as well as subcutaneous and intraperitoneal injections in their labs.

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

*Prerequisite: Introduction to Working with Rodents in Research.

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3. Introduction to Anesthesia of the Laboratory Rodent (RA)

This course is required only for all users that anesthetize rodents, including for terminal or non-survival procedures. This course is not necessary for users who intend to only perform euthanasia.

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.

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

*Prerequisites: Introduction to Working with Rodents in Research and Rodent Restraint and SC/IP Injections.

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4. Introduction to Aseptic Techniques in Rodent Surgery (RSx)

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.

*Prerequisites: Introduction to Anesthesia of the Laboratory Rodent.

**Effective January 2019, the hands-on laboratory component of the RSx course has been extended to 7 hours to enhance student learning. The laboratory class now runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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5. Rodent Oral Gavage (GAVAGE)

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

The Rodent Oral Gavage course 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 laboratory, each student will be assessed to determine whether they have demonstrated competency or proficiency in the techniques taught in this course.

*Prerequisites: Introduction to Working with Rodents in Research and Rodent Restraint and SC/IP Injections.

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6. Rodent Tail Vein Injection (TVINJ)

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

The Rodent Tail Vein Injection course 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 laboratory, each student will be assessed to determine whether they have demonstrated competency or proficiency in the techniques taught in this course.

*Prerequisites: Introduction to Working with Rodents in Research and Rodent Restraint and SC/IP Injections. If injections will be performed under anesthesia, Introduction to Anesthesia of the Laboratory Rodent is also a prerequisite course.

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