Laboratory Animal Biomethodology Workshops

We are pleased to announce that animal workshops have resumed as of September 2020.

Thank you for your patience.
 

The University has planned all on-campus activities for the Fall 2021 term in a manner that follows public health directives. Because this course contains components in person, students are reminded of the University’s directives on preventing the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Individuals on campus are required to wear a procedural mask in all indoor spaces, classrooms, and labs. It is also essential that individuals practice physical distancing, good hand hygiene, and cough etiquette. You are not to come to class or campus if you have symptoms or have received a diagnosis of COVID-19.

 

The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) has made training mandatory starting January 2003. McGill University’s 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. Each individual 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 and procedures involved in the project.

To assist researchers in meeting these training requirements, the Comparative Medicine & Animal Resources Centre (CMARC) offers a variety of biomethodology workshops for laboratory animals. Our Veterinary Care team has extensive knowledge and expertise with numerous techniques and procedures in several species.

The practical training has been subdivided into modules to tailor the training to each individual’s needs.

We encourage workshop participants to only enroll in the training sessions that are relevant to their research protocol and to complete their training as close as possible to the start of the research project. 

Module 1 – Introduction to the Laboratory Mouse/Rat

All individuals working with laboratory rodents must complete this module.

 
Course Content:

  • Species overview
  • Handling and restraint
  • Identification
  • Sexing
  • Tissue sampling for genotyping
  • Euthanasia: isoflurane anesthesia followed by CO2, CO2 euthanasia
  • Terminal blood collection: intracardiac puncture
     

NOTE:  During this workshop, you may be exposed to waste anesthetic gases (isoflurane). If you are currently pregnant, please consult your physician or McGill University's Environmental Health and Safety department before enrolling. 

Module 2 - Substance Administration and Blood Collection (Mouse/Rat)

***Module 1 is a prerequisite

Participants are only required to complete training for the procedures listed in their Animal Use Protocol.

 
Course Content:

  • Subcutaneous injection
  • Intraperitoneal injection
  • Intramuscular injection (rat only)
  • Blood collection: lateral saphenous vein

              NOTE: training for other blood collection methods available as specialized workshops

 

 

Module 3 – Rodent Anesthesia and Analgesia (Mouse/Rat/Hamster/Gerbil)

***Modules 1 and 2 are prerequisites

This module is targeted to participants who will be anesthetizing rodents.

 
Course Content

  • Pain recognition and assessment
  • Analgesia
  • Injectable anesthesia (video)
  • Gas anesthesia
  • Monitoring during anesthesia
  • Recovery
     

NOTE:  During this workshop, you may be exposed to waste anesthetic gases (isoflurane). If you are currently pregnant, please consult your physician or McGill University's Environmental Health and Safety department before enrolling. 

Module 4 – Rodent Surgery and Aseptic Technique (Mouse/Rat/Hamster/Gerbil)

***Modules 1, 2 and 3 are prerequisites

This module is exclusively for participants who will be performing recovery surgeries on rodents; it is composed of 3-4 training sessions

 
Course Content:

  • Basic principles of rodent surgery
  • Aseptic technique
  • Wound closure
  • Pre-operative considerations
  • Intra-operative procedures
  • Post-op care
     

To register for this workshop, workshop.cmarc [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Surgery%20Training%20Information) (contact us).

NOTE:  During this workshop, you may be exposed to waste anesthetic gases (isoflurane). If you are currently pregnant, please consult your physician or McGill University's Environmental Health and Safety department before enrolling. 

Module 5 – Rodent Breeding Colony Management (Mouse/Rat)

***Module 1 is a prerequisite

This module is targeted to participants who will be breeding rodents.

Module 6 – Intravenous Injection Mouse

***Module 1 is a prerequisite

This module is specifically for participants who will be performing intravenous injections in mice as part of their research project.

 

*For intravenous injection training in rats, workshop.cmarc [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Rat%20Intravenous%20Injection%20Training) (contact us).

Specialized Training

Training for techniques not covered in the Core modules and training for other species is available.

Register here

Questions? workshop.cmarc [at] mcgill.ca (Contact us!)

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