Expectations for Training Courses

Animal Care Services understands that many learners assume multiple roles, juggling work, and other responsibilities while meeting the demands of research work.

The table below is intended to ensure students understand the demands that will be placed on them for animal user training at ACS. Please ensure your research project lifecycle is scheduled to allow adequate time for animal user training and contingencies. Students should expect longer waitlists during peak training periods from September to October.

Course name Pre-requisites Typical frequency of hands-on lab Online course duration Hands-on lab duration Typical time to complete course from sign up
Introduction to Working with Rodents in Research - Mouse CCAC Ethics 2 labs per month 4-8 hours 4 hours 30 days
Introduction to Working with Rodents in Research - Rat CCAC Ethics 1 lab per month 4-8 hours 4 hours 30 days
Rodent Restraint and SC/IP Injections - Mouse IWRR - Mouse 3 labs per month 2 hours 3 hours 30 days
Rodent Restraint and SC/IP Injections - Rat IWRR - Rat 1 lab per month 2 hours 3 hours 30 days
Rodent Anesthesia – Mouse IWRR - Mouse, RSCIP - Mouse 2 labs per month 4-8 hours 4 hours 30 days
Rodent Anesthesia – Rat IWRR - Rat, RSCIP - Rat 1 lab per month 4-8 hours 4 hours 30 days
Introduction to Aseptic Techniques IWRR, RSCIP, Rodent Anesthesia 1 lab per month 4-8 hours 6 hours 30 days
Oral Gavage – Mouse IWRR - Mouse, RSCIP - Mouse 1 lab per month 2 hours 3 hours 30 days
Oral Gavage – Rat IWRR - Rat, RSCIP - Rat Within 4 weeks of request 2 hours 3 hours 30 days
IV Tail Vein Injection – Mouse IWRR - Mouse, RSCIP – Mouse, Rodent Anesthesia if procedure on anesthetized mouse 1 lab per month 2 hours 3 hours 30 days
IV Tail Vein Injection – Rat IWRR - Rat, RSCIP – Rat, Rodent Anesthesia if procedure on anesthetized rat Within 4 weeks of request 2 hours 3 hours 30 days