Registration: QACS 799/800/801/802
Registration is managed by the Office of the University Veterinarian
WHO: Anyone to be listed on an Animal Use Protocol (AUP) must complete a Queen's Animal Care Service (QACS) course. This includes Principal Investigators (PIs) as well as all individuals responsible for the care and use of animals under an approved AUP.
- QACS 799 - biomedical research (particularly rodents)
- QACS 800 - neuroscience research
- QACS 801 - biology/wildlife-based research (particularly fish)
- QACS 802 - biology/wildlife-based research (particularly birds)(*under development)
The objective of these courses is to educate protocol associates on the care and ethics of animal use 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/Fish in Science/Birds in Science (*species-specific module)
WHEN: QACS must be completed prior to being listed on an AUP and registering for practical handling courses.
Rodent Training Process
Below is a workflow outlining the steps for the training of new lab members working with rodents.
|Enrollment of a New Lab Associate in Theoretical Training (QACS 799)|
| Theoretical Training Completion
| TOPAZ Elements & AUP Access
| Workshop Scheduling
| Workshop Completion and Rodent Facility Orientation
| Lab Mentorship