University Animal Care Committee

University Animal Care Committee

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Practical Workshops - Small Animals

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

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.

Workshop 2: Technical Procedures (Small Animals)
Prerequisite: Module 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, endpoints and euthanasia will be covered in this workshop. Procedures will initially be instructed on anesthetized animals. Once the student proves a level of competency, they will then apply the learned skills on conscious animals (where appropriate).

Workshop 3: Surgical Skills (Small Animals)
Prerequisite: Modules 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 and the various types of suture material 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 plain 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.

To register for workshops please fill out a Workshop Request Form  and submit the completed form via email to the Training Coordinator at  or communicate your request via telephone at extension 79013.

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