Animals in Science

Animals in Science
Animals in Science

Practical Workshops: Rodents

Registration: Workshops 1, 2 and 3

To register for workshops please fill out a WORKSHOP REQUEST FORM  

If you have any questions, please contact the Training Coordinator

Please note: There is a maximum of 4 people per workshop, on a first come-first served basis.

The Office of the University Veterinarian offers a series of practical workshops on rodent handling, routine procedures, anesthesia, and survival surgery.

To endorse standardization practices on our campus and support CCAC’s values with respect to the 3 R’s, the UACC and the Office of the University Veterinarian offer rodent workshops on pre-scheduled days. This also eases scheduling conflicts within the surgical suites.

The Flex Workshops provide flexibility regarding the species handled on those days. If numbers support mouse training, we will work with mice; alternatively, if numbers support rat training, rats will be handled on those dates.

  • These are not drop-in sessions

  • We recognize that the commencement of Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Terms are when we see a large influx of new students who require the hands-on workshops. We will continue to work with students and labs during those times to offer flexible workshop dates which will accommodate all affiliations of lab members (undergraduates–PDF’s), however students are encouraged to do their best to attend during one of the scheduled times. Please contact the Training Coordinator for scheduling during these times if conflicts with the schedule cannot be avoided.

  • Please do continue to communicate your needs (PI’s, lab managers, technicians and students) with the Training Coordinator. We are here to assist the research community, and we look forward to working with new lab members.

  • Surgical Workshops continue to be held on an as-needed basis

  • Any additional training is still offered on an as-needed basis

For more, see rodent training process flow chart

Contact the Training Coordinator

Workshop 1: Handling and Routine Procedures (Small Animals)

The objective of this workshop is to provide the student with an understanding of the regulations and ethics that govern the use of animals in research. Students will be provided with instruction on the general care and maintenance of their animals as well as practical handling experience. Students will receive guidance on injection techniques using inanimate objects and then apply these skills to working with live animals.

SCHEDULE for Workshop 1: Mouse and Rat Training

Workshop #1: Handling and Routine Procedures

All workshops take place 9:30 am – 12:30 pm



Workshop 2: Technical Procedures (Small Animals)

Prerequisite: Workshop 1

The objective of this workshop is to provide students with the knowledge and technical skills needed to facilitate their studies in an ethical and humane manner. Calculating drug dosages, analgesia, anesthesia, standard procedures, endpoints and euthanasia will be covered in this workshop. Procedures will be instructed on anesthetized animals. Once the student proves a level of competency, they may then apply the learned skills on conscious animals (where appropriate).

SCHEDULE for Workshop 2: Mouse and Rat Training

Workshop #2: Technical Procedures

All workshops take place 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Workshop 3: Surgical Skills (Small Animals)

Prerequisite: Workshops 1 & 2

The objective of this workshop is to provide students with an understanding of pre-operative, surgical, and post-operative care and monitoring. Suture techniques will be discussed and practiced on an inanimate object prior to the species they are involved in. Students will gain further understanding regarding the various levels of anesthesia, and gain confidence determining a surgical plane of anesthesia. The student will acquire the skills needed to perform surgery using aseptic surgical techniques. Basic anatomy and necropsy techniques will be discussed and reviewed.


When working with animals in science at Queen's, every individual is trained on proper handling techniques to minimize the stress on the animal, and to create and sustain a culture of care.