Revised Dec2010

The McGill University Animal Care Committee, in conjunction with the Office of Sponsored Research, Vice Principal of Research, offers training in animal use for research and teaching as part of our institution's commitment to animal welfare when there are no alternatives but to include them in projects having scientific merit. 

Although our institution has been offering training since the 1970s, it is in January 2003, that the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) has made training mandatory for all individuals who are, or intend to, work with animals. This includes all research and teaching personnel from McGill and Affiliated Hospitals: investigators, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, technicians and students.

Everyone listed in an Animal Use Protocol form, is required to successfully pass the THEORY course. The participant will need to know the material covered in this Web site and successfully pass a multiple choice test. If training was obtained from another institution, successfully passing the test is sufficient. 

If handling live animals, the person also needs to successfully pass the PRACTICAL course specific to the species he/she intends to work with. The participant will be asked to perform the procedures covered in the workshop and to pass a 10 multiple choice test at the end of that workshop.


THEORY course:

All the material is on this Web site. 

There are two levels: 

· a Basic Level: which everyone must fully understand (+ practical training if handling live animals)


· an Advanced Level where additional material is required for those who will have a high level of invasive contact with the animals (such as performing surgery or collecting blood) (+ practical training if handling live animals). Please note that Principal Investigators MUST be certified for the ADVANCED Level.


And a section specific for working with wildlife:

· a Wildlife section: which is for those who intend to do field studies or work with wild animals in the laboratory setting


The test  for both levels and the wildlife section is done by email. 


This requires the participant to attend a workshop in person. There are Animal Methodology Workshops regularly for each of the following species: rat, mouse and rabbit. Workshops for other rodent species and specialized ones for more advanced techniques are available on demand. The workshops demonstrate many procedures done on that species and requires the participant to adequately perform all the procedures during the workshop. They are given by the Comparative Medicine Animal Resources Centre or research institute of affiliated hospitals. 

For more information, see  and the last section on practical training.


· Read the material included in this Web page under "Basic Level"


· If you will have invasive contact with the animals (such as injecting or surgery), or if you are the principal investigator: read the material included under "Advanced Level"


· If you will be doing field studies, read the material under "Wildlife" and specify that you need the wildlife questions to be added to your test


Send an email to request that the test be sent to you at , it will be sent to you by reply email, answer it and submit it by reply email. * * * Please note that EACH participant must make the request using his/her own email account. There are different versions of the test and a specific one is assigned to each person, the test must not be passed on to someone else.


If handling live animals, register for the practical course appropriate to you (see Workshop section for details and

If you have any questions or problems, please email 


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