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 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 email@example.com.
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.
- Aseptic Surgical Training Wet Lab Certificate of Completion (PDF)
- Aseptic Rodent Batch Surgery Training Certificate of Completion (PDF)
COMPARATIVE MEDICINE TECHNICAL TRAINING SCHEDULE 2017
NOTE: 2017 TRAINING SESSIONS ARE ON WEDNESDAYS 1:00 P.M. TO 3:00 P.M.
Attendance must be scheduled in advance no later than 12:00 p.m. Tuesday prior to
session by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
2018 Training Schedule
January 16, 2018
March 20, 2018
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
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 email@example.com.
- Technical Skills and Services (PDF)
- Technical Skills and Services-CAMLS (PDF)
- Technical Services Order Form (MS Word)
- Comparative Medicine's Library (Excel) includes an extensive collection of veterinary medical, surgical, anatomical, physiological, and regulatory references, texts, and literature that is available for use and/or copying.
Aseptic Surgical Methods
- SOP 412 Rodent Surgery (PDF)
- Rodent Surgical Techniques (PDF)
- Anesthesia of Mice (PDF)
- Rodent Surgery Training CD from OLAW/NIH: contact CompMed@usf.edu
- Estrus Detection, Weaning and Sexing Mice (PDF)
- Left Ventricular Assist Device - Didactic Training (PDF)
- Mouse Blood Collection using the Submandibular Vein-Basic Skills (PDF)
- Mouse Euthanasia (PDF)
- Mouse Necropsy/Prosection (PDF)
- Mouse Perfusion (PDF)
- Mouse Prostate Collection (PDF)
- Mouse Retrobulbar Injection and Retro-Orbital Bleeds (PDF)
- Mouse Tail Snip, Ear Punch, and Identification Procedures (PDF)
- Rodent Dosing (PDF)
- Rat Saphenous & Femoral Bleeds (PDF)
Please address questions to CompMed@usf.edu.