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

Day and Time: Classes continue to be offered but are currently being scheduled on an as needed basis due to limitations with COVID19. In adherence to University guidance pertaining to on site instruction, this course will be temporarily transitioned to a virtual (zoom) format. Hands on components of the course will need to be scheduled on an individual basis.

To register for this course, send an email to ulartraining@osu.edu.

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

Location: 110 Wiseman Hall
Day and Time: Classes continue to be offered but are currently being scheduled on an as needed basis due to limitations with COVID19. Group sizes are limited to ensure physical distancing can be maintained.
Attire: Casual/scrubs, masks are required and attendees must complete and log their daily health check prior to arriving for class.

To register for this course, send an email to ulartraining@osu.edu.

Individual Sessions

Classes continue to be offered but are currently being scheduled on an as needed basis due to limitations with COVID19.

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.

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