Practical Workshops: Rodents

Registration: Workshops 1, 2 and 3

Workshop registrations are available by request through the workshop request form.

If you have any questions, contact the Training Coordinator.

Note: There is currently a maximum of 4 students 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 recovery surgery.

To endorse standardized practices on campus and support Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) 3Rs values, the University Animal Care Committee (UACC) and Office of the University Veterinarian generally offer regularly prescheduled rodent workshops. However, workshops are currently being scheduled on an as needed basis. When offered, “flex workshops” provide flexibility regarding the species handled on those days (driven by the needs of the research community). 

See rodent training process flow chart for more information.

Workshop 1: Handling and Routine Procedures (Rodent)

Objectives include:

  • To provide an understanding of the regulations and ethics that govern the use of animals in research
  • To provide instruction on the general care and maintenance of animals 
  • To provide guidance on basic handling, restraint, and injection techniques


SCHEDULE for Workshop #1:
Mouse and Rat Training - Handling and Routine Procedures

 Register for an upcoming workshop


Workshop 2: Technical Procedures (Rodent)

Prerequisite: Workshop 1

Objectives include:

  • To provide the knowledge and technical skills needed to facilitate studies in an ethical and humane manner
  • To calculate drug dosages and practically apply analgesia, anesthesia, standard procedures, endpoints and euthanasia (*procedures are instructed on anesthetized followed by conscious animals only where appropriate and once a level of competency is proven.)


SCHEDULE for Workshop #2:
Mouse and Rat Training - Technical Procedures

 Register for an upcoming workshop


Workshop 3: Surgical Skills (Small Animals)

Prerequisite: Workshops 1 & 2

Objectives include:

  • To provide an understanding of preoperative, surgical, post-operative care and monitoring
  • To discuss and practice suture techniques
  • To provide further understanding of the levels of anesthesia & ensure confidence in determining a surgical plane of anesthesia
  • To provide the skills needed to perform surgery using aseptic surgical techniques
  • To discuss and review basic anatomy and necropsy techniques


SCHEDULE for Workshop #3:
Surgical Skills (Small Animals)

 Register for an upcoming workshop


Mouse in the hand of a researcher

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.