Provides important information about performing animal surgery in biomedical research settings. The course includes information on operating room conduct, the use of aseptic technique, patient preparation, monitoring and recovery, surgical instruments and handling, suturing, analgesia, and anesthesia. These topics will be expanded upon during the Surgery Laboratory Part IB and 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.