Comparative Medicine

Training & Technical Resources

All new personnel requesting the use of live vertebrate animals in research or teaching and requiring access to an animal facility must complete a Facility Orientation of Research Staff, which includes the following tutorial provided by a member of the Comparative Medicine facility staff.

Comparative Medicine provides University personnel working with animals with the following information and resources relating to their duties of animal care and use.

Training Resources

Training classes in animal use for IACUC certified research personnel are offered by Comparative Medicine monthly, on Wednesdays, from 10:00-12:00. Classes are a combination of demonstration, discussion, and hands-on animal handling, and are recommended for all animal users. Upon completion, a certificate is provided for up-loading to Item 3.5 in your ARC IACUC researcher profile.

Attendance must be scheduled in advance no later than 12:00 p.m. Tuesday prior to session by emailing

 Basic Mouse (or Rat) Handling and Use Techniques

2017 training schedule below is offered in rotating facility locations, and includes animal handling and restraint, health assessments of rodents, breeding and weaning, subcutaneous injections (SC), intra-peritoneal injections (IP), oral administrations (PO), blood collection methods (submandibular, saphenous, cardiac), and euthanasia.

Rodent Aseptic Surgery Techniques

2017 training schedule in aseptic surgery techniques, is also shown below and offered in rotating facility locations and includes induction and maintenance of anesthesia, preemptive and postoperative analgesia, surgical preparation, aseptic techniques, patient monitoring, postoperative recovery, and animal medical recordkeeping. Prior to attending, a certificate of completion of the AALAS Learning Library Training module "Aseptic Techniques in Rodent Survival Surgical Procedures" must be uploaded to your ARC profile.


Attendance must be scheduled in advance no later than 12:00 p.m. Tuesday prior to session by email to

Mouse Biomethodologies Training Schedule

November 28, 2017 - SRB
December 6, 2017 - COM
December 20, 2017 - SRB

2018 Training Sessions Start Time: COM 1:00 p.m., SRB 10:00 a.m.

January 10, 2018 - COM
January 18, 2018 - SRB
February 15, 2018 - SRB
February 21, 2018 - COM
March 1, 2018 - SRB
March 7, 2018 - COM
March 29, 2018 - SRB

Rat Biomethodologies (COM) Training Schedule (Start Time 1:00 p.m.)

2018 Training Schedule

January 16, 2018
March 20, 2018

Rodent Batch Aseptic Training Schedule 

December 13, 2017 - SRB

2018 Training Sessions Start Time: COM 10:00 a.m., SRB 1:00 p.m.

January 15, 2018 - COM
January 31, 2018 - SRB
February 13, 2018 - COM
February 26, 2018 - SRB
March 13, 2018 - COM
March 27, 2018 - SRB

 Technical Services

Comparative Medicine offers the following technical skills and services linked below which can be implemented by our technical staff or demonstrated and taught to IACUC certified staff.

To arrange technical services email

Aseptic Surgical Methods

Technique Training

Please address questions to