ACS Online & Lab Rodent Courses

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.

The Rodent Restraint and Injections course offers knowledge related 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.

Prerequisite: CCAC/NIAUT Online Ethics.

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2. Rodent Restraint and Injections (RSCIP)

The Rodent Restraint and 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 a grade 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.

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.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Working with Rodents in Research and Rodent Restraint and 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.

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

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