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Training Information

The CCAC has made training mandatory starting January 2003.

The mandatory training involves:

  • Theory course: Everyone listed in an animal use protocol must successfully pass the on-line course at McGill University's own course (more information below).
  • Practical training: All personnel who will be handling live rodents and rabbits need to take a hands-on workshop given at the Animal Resources Centre or a UACC approved equivalent (MCH, JGH, MGH, DH and MNI) (more information below).


For species other than laboratory rodents and rabbits, the person will need to have received training from an experienced person (who must meet approval by the Animal Care Committee). A form called Certification for Non-rodent Non-rabbit Training must be completed by the trainer and submitted to the animal care committee.

For farm animals, practical training is obtained through courses available at Macdonald Campus. See details at Macdonald Campus courses

Please Note: Theory course must be renewed every 5 years. For practical training (workshop) refer to the recertification policy: Training Recertification Policy June 2009 .

The Animal Care Committees started implementing the training program fully in 2004. The approval of new Animal Use Protocols as well as renewals are conditional on all personnel having the necessary training. Everyone listed in the personnel section needs to have passed the theory course and, if handling live animals, have at least registered for the practical course specific to the species involved in the project.

More information on the CCAC training requirement can be obtained at: CCAC's training requirement information.


If you would to inquire if a specific specialized training is available, please contact the Training Coordinator, animalcare [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)


Workshop Registration

For Douglas Hospital researchers, staff & students only: To obtain dates and register for the DH workshops, call 514-761-6131 extension: 3342

For Montreal General and Montreal Children's and Royal Victoria Hospitals of the MUHC researchers, staff & students only: To obtain dates and register for the MUHC workshops, send an ARD [dot] Training [at] MUHC [dot] MCGILL [dot] CA (email).

For Jewish General Hospital - Lady Davis Institute researchers, staff & students only: To obtain dates and register for the JGH workshops, please animalfacility [at] ldi [dot] jgh [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (email ) the JGH.

For Montreal Neurological Institute researchers, staff & students only: To obtain dates and register for the MNI workshops, please go to the MNI site.

McGill Comparative Medicine Animal Resources Centre for all who use animals from McGill facilities and other institutions: To obtain CMARC workshop info please arc [dot] info [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) the ARC or visit the ARC Education and Training web page

 

Workshop Handouts

Please review the workshop handout beore attending the course:

For other species, the handout will either be provided to you upon registration or at the workshop.


Animal methodology workshop Information

General Information:

Procedures covered in the methodology workshops include basic skills in animal handling, restraint, injection, blood collection, determination of anesthetic depth, tube feeding and euthanasia.

Note: The techniques demonstrated in the workshop are at a “basic” level and passing a technique in no way denotes competency in performing that technique. Further practice following the workshop is required to ensure that individuals fully integrate the learned techniques before being required to use them.

Condition: Participants MUST be listed in the Personnel section of an approved animal use protocol and must take the workshop for the species that is covered under that protocol

Where:

Animal Resources Centre (McIntyre Building), MCH, JGH, MGH, DH and MNI (see contact information at top of page)

Workshop Module Content

The practical training has been subdivided into modules.
Please make sure to bring the appropriate material required (Workshop handouts, lab coats ect.)
Note: some training facilities give the workshop modules back to back in one course and others give them on separate dates, for further information please animalcare [at] mcgill [dot] ca (e-mail).


Module 1 - Handling and Restraint

  • Handling and restraint
  • Identification
  • Sexing
  • Genotyping (theory only)
  • Euthanasia: Demonstration of CO2 asphyxiation and confirmation of death (mouse) (rat)
  • Demonstration of pneumothorax (rat)
  • Cervical dislocation under general anesthesia or after euthanasia. - For mice and for rats under 200 g only if listed in protocol.


NOTE: participants who need to perform cervical dislocation on live animals will need to register for proficiency training (module 1 is mandatory).
(Other methods can be shown upon request)

  • Blood collection/Method of euthanasia: Intra-cardiac puncture
  • Necropsy demonstration


Module 2 - Substance Administration and Blood Collection
Module 1 is a prerequisite

NOTE: subcutaneous and intraperitoneal injections shown in module 2 are prerequisites for modules 3 and 4.

  • Blood collection: Lateral saphenous vein
  • Injections: subcutaneous
  • Intramuscular (note that Intramuscular is done on rats. If you need to perform it on mice, you need to request a proficiency session specifically for this procedure; it is not included in the regular workshop)
  • Intraperitoneal


Module 3 - Anesthesia and Analgesia
module 1 and 2 are prerequisites

NOTE: subcutaneous and intraperitoneal injections shown in module 2 are prerequisites for modules 3 and 4.

  • Injectable anesthesia • Gas anesthesia

Animal Theory Course

General Information:

The people who will need to take this training include ALL personnel listed in the Personnel section of a McGill University Animal Use Protocol. The Principal Investigator on the protocol must take this training even if not listed in this section.

It will cover such matters such as ethics, protocol review process, regulations, committee roles, hazards, drug administration and research issues.

This course started being available on September 1, 2003. The course material is at http://animalcare.mcgill.ca/. as a Web page open to all (no code or password necessary). To obtain certification, the participant must send an animalcare [at] mcgill [dot] ca (e-mail) and request the test. A link to the exam and a temporary password will be sent to the requestor via email. The results are supplied by an automatic email upon completion of the exam. Please note that EACH participant must make the request using his/her own email account. The participant must identify in which investigator’s lab they are working or the course title for which this test is a requirement (if applicable). There are different versions of the test and a specific one is assigned to each person; the test may not be passed on to someone else.


Training Recertification Policy:

Training Recertification Policy June 2009


Training from the McGill Environmental Safety Office:

Training offered by the McGill Environmental Safety Office can be found at http://www.mcgill.ca/ehs/training/.