University Animal Care Committee

University Animal Care Committee

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Theoretical Training (QACS 799 - Introduction to Animal Care)

Who is required to take the course?

Individuals that are going to be listed on an Animal Use Protocol (AUP) must complete theoretical training. This pertains to Principal Investigators as well as all individuals who are responsible for the care and use of animals under an approved AUP.

Why do I need to take this course?

QACS 799 - Introduction to Animal Care is relevant to all species that are used as an animal model at the university; in particular, biomedical, rodent-model based research (whereas QACS 801 is relevant to biology/wildlife based research primarily involving fish as a species). The objective of the course is to educate protocol associates on the care and ethics of the use of animals in science. The first 5 modules and their respective quizzes cover Guidelines, Legislation and Regulations; Ethics in Animal Experimentation; The Three R's in Animal Experimentation; Occupational Health and Safety; and Pain, Distress and Endpoints.  Quizzes must be completed with a minimum grade of A-.

When is the course offered and how do I register?

QACS 799 - Introduction to Animal Care must be completed prior to being listed on an animal use protocol (AUP) and registering for practical handling courses. Registration for QACS 799 - Introduction to Animal Care can be done at any time through the Office of the University Veterinarian. Please contact the Training Coordinator at uvet.compliance@queensu.ca or by telephone at extension 79013 and provide your name, NetID and the Principal Investigator you will be working with.