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Research Responsibilities and Compliance

Lab Animal Handling and Technique Training

University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR) staff members provide optional animal handling and technique training classes free of charge to individuals listed on animal protocols. Classes are strongly encouraged for individuals that will perform rodent survival surgery and those with minimal experience working with animals. Research team members must be trained to perform procedures and should utilize this free service when such training cannot be obtained through other means.

All animal study team requirements must be completed prior to registering for these training sessions.

Facility Introduction and Rodent Overview

Required for ULAR Facility Access

This class provides an introduction to facilities, as well as an overview of the laboratory rodent in both a lecture and hands-on format. Basic handling, restraint, and other techniques will be demonstrated. Class participants have the opportunity to practice their newly-acquired skills under the supervision of experienced trainers.

Topics and techniques of the class include:

  • introduction to vivarium, husbandry staff, and supplies
  • room order entry
  • proper use of biosafety cabinet (BSC)
  • health assessments
  • handling, restraint, sexing
  • breeding/setting up new cages
  • sub-cutaneous injections (SQ)
  • intra-peritoneal injections (IP)
  • sub-mandibular blood collection
  • euthanasia/secondary methods

Rodent Survival Surgery

This class covers aseptic techniques for rodent survival surgery as stated in the IACUC policy for survival surgery in rodents. This course combines both video and live demonstration. The video is available online, and should be viewed before attending the class. Veterinary Guidelines for Rodent Survival Surgery is also a great resource that will be passed out during the class.

Topics and techniques of the class include:

  • preparing for surgery
  • injectable vs. inhalant anesthetics
  • anesthesia machine
  • anesthetic induction
  • aseptic preparation
  • surgical techniques
  • post-operative management

Group sizes are limited.

111 Wiseman Hall
400 West Twelfth Avenue

Columbus, OH 43210


  • Casual/scrubs
  • masks are required

Individual Sessions

Training for specific techniques or for species other than mice is scheduled on an as-needed basis. Training should be scheduled at least five days in advance to ensure that the necessary animals are available.

Additional Information

For questions about training, contact the Animal Care and Use program ULAR training coordinator

Animal Care and Use Program - Training