Center for Neurological Disease Models (CNDM)

Training Workshops

The Neuro's CNDM offers biomethodology workshops designed to comply with all current recommendations of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) regarding practical training of biomedical research personnel on proper animal care and use.

Please note that all individuals who work with animals must be appropriately trained prior to being granted access to the CNDM.

The practical training has been subdivided into modules.

Module 1 

Introduction to the Laboratory Mouse/Rat:

All individuals working with laboratory rodents must complete this module.


Species overview.

  • Handling and Restraint
  • Identification
  • Sexing
  • Tissue sampling for genotyping
  • Euthanasia: isoflurane anesthesia followed by CO2, CO2 euthanasia.

Register now :

Mouse Module 1       Rat Module 1

Course Handouts

Mouse Module 1 Handout

Rat Module 1 Handout

Module 2

Substance administration (Mouse/Rat)

Module 1 is a prerequisite


Subcutaneous injection

  • Intraperitoneal injection
  • Intramuscular injection (rat only)

NOTE: training for blood collection methods available as specialized workshops

Register now:

Mouse Module 2      Rat Module 2

Course Handout

Mouse Module 2 Handout

Rat Module 2 Handout

Module 3

Anesthesia and Analgesia (Mouse/Rat)

Modules 1 and 2 are prerequisites


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

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Rodent Module 3

Course Handout:

Rodent Module 3 Handout

Module 4

Rodent Surgery and Aseptic Technique (Mouse/Rat)

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.


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

To register for this workshop cndm-training.neuro [at] (contact us)

Module 6

Intravenous Injection Mouse/Rat

Module 1 is a prerequisite

This module is targeted to participants who will be performing intravenous injection in mice/rats as part of their research project

For intravenous injection training, cndm-training.neuro [at] (contact us)

Course Handout:

Mouse Intravenous Injection Handout

Theory Training

The McGill University Animal Care Committee (UACC), in conjunction with the Office of the Vice Principal (Research and International Relations), offers training in animal use for research and teaching as part of our institution's commitment to animal welfare when there are no alternatives but to include them in projects having scientific merit.

UACC Theory Course - General Information

Please direct any inquiries on the Theory Course to the animalcare [at] (Animal Compliance Office Training Advisor. )


Other species or advanced techniques

To register for specialized workshop, including training for other species or advanced techniques please cndm-training.neuro [at] (contact us).


Workshop Fees Effective as of November 2018
Workshop MNI/McGill External Participants
Module 1 (Mouse) $60.00 $95.00
Module 1 (Rat) $68.00 $132.00
Module 2 (Mouse) $60.00 $92.00
Module 2 (Rat) $68.00 $132.00
Module 3 (Rodent) $60.00 $95.00
Module 4 (Rodent) TBD TBD
Module 6 (IV Injection) $55.00 $75.00

Participant Information

Cancellation must be made 48 hours prior to the workshop, otherwise the fee will still be charged. Late arrivals will not be admitted. A workshop may be cancelled if there is insufficient enrollment.

In preparation for the workshop, read your Animal Use Protocol and be familiar with the procedures listed in it. Read the workshop handout prior to the course; there will be a quiz at the end of the workshop! Bring a clean lab coat and a picture identification card.

General Information: MNI/McGill members will be given priority. If the instructor determines that you are not able to perform a technique by the end of the workshop, you must retake the workshop at a later date. You will be required to pass a short test at the end of the workshop. If you score less than 80% on the test but the instructor determines that you are able to perform the technique, a second test must be scheduled within 4 weeks.

If you have any questions, feel free to cndm-training.neuro [at] (contact us)




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