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 USDA-covered non-rodents. Instruction is provided on sterilizing surgical instruments, opening sterile supplies, scrubbing, donning sterile gloves and gowns, 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 non-rodent USDA-covered animals.
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 (OLAW), 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 to perform surgery.
Related policies and regulations
- UW IACUC Approved Policies
- Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) Frequently Asked Questions – section G: Institutional Responsibilities.
- Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations: 2.32 Personnel Qualifications.