Handling/Technique Training

ULAR staff members provide animal handling and technique training classes free of charge to individuals listed on animal protocols. Participation is not required, but it is strongly encouraged. Individual training sessions can also be arranged.

Be sure you have completed all of the required training courses/registries 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

Location: 110 Wiseman Hall
Day and Time: Second Thursday of every month (10 a.m.); Fourth Tuesday of every month (1 p.m.)
Attire: Casual/scrubs

To register for this course, send an email to ulartraining@osu.edu. Class size is limited to 15.

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.  Best Practices 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

Location: 110 Wiseman Hall
Day and Time: Third Tuesday of every month (10 a.m.)
Attire: Casual/scrubs

To register for this course, send an email to ulartraining@osu.edu. Class size is limited to 15.

Individual Sessions

ULAR also offers individual training sessions on techniques specific to an animal protocol.

To schedule training for specific techniques or for species other than mice, complete the Training Request Form and email it to ulartraining@osu.edu. For additional information, contact the ULAR training coordinator at ulartraining@osu.edu or 292-5094.

Training should be scheduled at least five days in advance to ensure that the necessary animals are available.