Includes a demonstration of proper techniques for humane handling, restraint, and use of rats, 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. This course is divided into two sections. Please go to the Animal Use Training website to determine the sections that are required for you and your staff. 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 rats.
Summary of the requirement
The PHS Policy as implemented by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare 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.
Related policies and regulations
- Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) Frequently Asked Questions – section G: Institutional Responsibilities.
- UW IACUC Approved Policies
- Completion of the online course “Working with Rats at the University of Washington.”