Practical Training  Part 1 of 3

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All personnel who will be handling live animals need practical training: the Animal Methodology Workshop given at the Animal Resources Centre or a UACC approved equivalent. This workshop demonstrates many procedures done on that species and requires the participant to adequately perform the procedures for which he/she wants to be certified. Refer to the University Animal Care Committee's (UACC) Web site training section:  for a list of UACC approved equivalents and their contact information. 

For species other than laboratory rodents and rabbits, the person will need to have received training from an experienced person (who must meet approval by the Animal Care Committee). A form called Certification of Animal Training for Species Other Than Rodent/Rabbit must be completed by the trainer and sent to the Animal Compliance Office ( 

General Information:
Participants must take a workshop for each of the species with which they will be conducting research. Procedures covered in the methodology workshops include basic skills in animal handling, restraint, injection, blood collection, and determination of anesthetic depth, and euthanasia. 

Note: The techniques demonstrated in the workshop are at a “basic” level and passing a technique in no way denotes competency in performing that technique. Further practice following the workshop is required to ensure that individuals fully integrate the learned techniques before being required to use them.


· Participants are asked to bring a clean lab coat. If none, a disposable lab coat will be supplied for a fee. If allergic to rodents, please bring filter mask.

· To ascertain that participants have understood the course material, all individuals must pass a short test at the end of the workshop.

· The participant must not show up more than 10 minutes late, if so, he will not be allowed to attend, the standard administrative fee will be charged and he will need to register for another workshop

· If too emotional, the participant will be asked to leave and a one-on-one tutorial can be scheduled. The administrative fee will be charged and the supervisor notified

· If some procedures are not performed by the participant but are included in the protocol, the supervisor will be informed by phone and the certificate will indicate that the participant is not certified to perform that specific procedure

· McGill members will be given priority; non-McGill members may request to be on a waiting list and they will be contacted on the Monday before the workshop day if there is availability

· For the Animal Resources Centre: please note that additional workshops can ONLY be given at your institution on a date convenient to all, if there is a minimum of 4 participants and IF YOU ARE NOT IN WALKING DISTANCE of the Animal Resources Centre.

The dates for the Animal Resource Centre (ARC) mouse and rat workshops are posted at the ARC website's training section:

. Dates for workshops at other locations must be obtained by contacting those centers. Contact information for all training locations is available on the University Animal Care Committee's training webpage:

Animal Resources Centre, Montreal Neurological Institute, Douglas Hospital, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal General Hospital and Montreal Childrens Hospital.

The following information applies to ARC workshops:

Prices of ARC workshops are listed on their training webpage:


Cancellation policy:
If you register and cannot attend, you must cancel by 11:00am on the Friday prior to the workshop registered for, otherwise you will be charged the FULL WORKSHOP FEE. 

To Register:
Complete the registration form which may be found at the ARC training webpage: and submit it as indicated on the form.

Registration closes on the Friday, 11:00 am prior to the workshop. Each session can accomodate up to four participants. Additional times or workshops using other species can be arranged upon request. 

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