This is the first session of a two part series designed to provide laboratory instruction on the basic tenets of surgical techniques in research animals and is intended for users of rodents, birds, frogs, and fish. Instruction is provided on sterilizing surgical instruments, opening sterile supplies, donning sterile gloves, draping the animal, instrument handling, suturing techniques (on inanimate material), use of surgical glue and wound clips, and administration of isoflurane anesthesia. These topics will be expanded upon during the Surgery Laboratory Part II.
Who is required to take this training?
Personnel who will be performing aseptic surgery on rodents.
Summary of the requirement
The PHS Policy, as implemented by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), requires that the institution is responsible for the training of its staff. Among other things, training must ensure that individuals are trained and qualified to perform surgery.
Related policies and regulations
- Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) Frequently Asked Questions – section G: Institutional Responsibilities.
- UW IACUC Approved Policies
- Introduction to Rodent Surgery