UW Research
Required Training

Hamster Hands-on Laboratory

Includes a demonstration of proper techniques for humane handling, restraint, and use of hamsters, including recognition of normal and abnormal physical and behavioral changes, gender determination, blood vessel access, and administration of medication. There is discussion of appropriate methods of anesthesia, analgesia, and euthanasia. If applicable, participants can be certified (as required by IACUC) during class to perform certain techniques.

Who is required to take this training?

Personnel who will be handling or performing procedures on awake hamsters.

Summary of the requirement

The Animal Welfare Regulations make it the responsibility of the institution to provide training and instruction on humane methods of animal maintenance, including the basic needs of each species, proper handling and care, and proper use of anesthetics and analgesics. The PHS Policy as implemented by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare also requires that the institution is responsible for the training of its staff. Among other things, training must ensure that individuals are trained and qualified in handling techniques, and that researchers performing experimental manipulations are qualified to accomplish such procedures humanely.

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