Animals in Science

Animals in Science
Animals in Science

Theoretical Training – QACS 799/801: Introduction to Animal Care

Registration: QACS 799/801 Introduction to Animal Care

Registration for QACS 799/801 is managed through the Office of the University Veterinarian.

Please contact the Training Coordinator to provide your name, NetID and the name of the Principal Investigator you will be working with.

WHO: Anyone that is going to be listed on an Animal Use Protocol (AUP) must complete QACS 799/801. This pertains to Principal Investigators as well as all individuals who are responsible for the care and use of animals under an approved AUP.

WHAT: QACS 799 is relevant to all species that are used in science at the university, in particular, biomedical, rodent-model based research. QACS 801 is relevant to biology/wildlife based research primarily involving fish. 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 the following topics, and must be completed with a minimum grade of A-:

  • Guidelines, Legislation and Regulations
  • Ethics in Animal Experimentation
  • The Three R's in Animal Experimentation
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Pain, Distress and Endpoints or The Care and Use of Fish

WHEN: QACS 799/801 must be completed prior to being listed on an animal use protocol (AUP) and registering for practical handling courses.

Rodent Training Process

Below is a flowchart outlining the steps for the training of new lab members working with rodents.

Enrollment of the new lab associate in the Theoretical Training (QACS 799) 

Theoretical Training Completion - Workshop Enrollment
Upon the theorical training completion, an automatic notification will be sent to the Training Coordinator.

TOPAZ Element Access and Personnel Amendment
The new lab associate is granted access to TOPAZ and provided with temporary credentials.
The PI is advised that the new lab associate can now be added to the Animal Use Protocol (must be done prior to practical workshop participation).
After discussion with the PI about the training that will be needed for his/her project, the protocol associate can submit the completed ''Workshop Request Form'' to the Training Coordinator.

Scheduling of Workshop
Once the AUP personnel amendment is approved, a notification will be sent to the PI and the Training Coordinator, who will then contact the student directly and schedule the practical workshop(s).

Workshop Completion and Orientation visit of the Animal Care Facility :
Upon completion of practical workshops, the Training Coordinator will send an email to the PI and new protocol associate summarizing the session(s).
The new protocol associate is contacted by Animal Care Services for an orientation visit of the rodent facility.

Mentoring in Lab
The new lab associate (with training completed) is mentored in the lab by PIs, senior students and technicians to practice techniques and learn lab-specific procedures. However, the training coordinator and/or Animal Care Services can be contacted at any time if assistance is required.