Modules

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The University’s animal user training program is modular and provided through DCM; all modules relevant to procedures described in approved animal use protocols must be completed. At a minimum, the Ethics and Regulations Module and the appropriate species-specific biomethodology module must be taken. Additional training is required for procedures to be undertaken not covered in the basic biomethodology modules and for any use of biological, chemical or radioactive hazards. All modules include an evaluation to establish competency.

DCM trainers are experienced, qualified staff and are a significant resource for all of your training needs. Do not hesitate to contact us for assistance/guidance/questions.

Registration:

To register for training, review the specific module information below. Obtain and complete the specific training requisition and return it to DCM. You will receive a confirmation providing you with the date, time and location of your training. Please be on time or training will be rescheduled. 

Facility Access:

You must successfully complete one species-specific biomethodology module to get access to the animal facility in which you'll be working. 

DCM Users: You will first need a fob. Contact your departmental business officer to request a fob. Fobs must not be shared. Once you have your fob, access to the facilities may be provided by requisition. Office hours for adding access to your fob may be obtained as indicated on the requisition, Tuesday and Thursday 1-3pm.

Users at other facilities: Please get in touch with the appropriate facility contact below to arrange facility tour and to gain facility access:

BSF

Christine McCaul, facility manager: christine.mccaul@utoronto.ca

UTM

Alison Weller, facility manager: alison.weller@utoronto.ca

UTSC

Michelle Wodzak, facility manager: UTSCAnimalVivarium@utoronto.ca

Basic Training Modules

Ethics and Regulations Module

This module covers ethics, regulations and legislation, environmental variables with impact on research, common hazards encountered in in-vivo work including zoonoses. This is a mandatory online module for all users and contains five short quizzes. 

Contact DCM for registration. 

Mouse Module: 

This module is required for all mouse users. It includes theoretical and practical components covering basic biomethodology of the mouse including techniques for handling & restraint and administration of substances by commonly used routes.  A quiz and competency assessment are included. Advanced biomethodology is offered as a separate module.

Prerequisite – working with mice and listed on an approved animal use protocol
Scheduled – biweekly to monthly
Course length – 2-3 hours

Obtain form for registration. 

Rat Module: 

This module is required for all rat users. It includes theoretical and practical components covering basic biomethodology of the rat including techniques for handling & restraint and administration of substances by commonly used routes.  A quiz and competency assessment are included. Advanced biomethodology is offered as a separate module.             

Prerequisite – working with rats and listed on an approved animal use protocol
Scheduled - biweekly to monthly
Course length – 2-3 hours

Obtain form for registration.

Rabbit Module: 

This module is required for all rabbit users. It covers basic biomethodology of the species and includes techniques for handling & restraint and administration of substances by commonly used routes.  A quiz and competency assessment are included.    

Prerequisite – working with rabbits and listed on an approved animal use protocol
Scheduled – as needed
Course length – 2 hours

Obtain form for registration.

Guinea Pig Module:  

This module is required for all guinea pig users. It covers basic biomethodology of the species and includes techniques for handling & restraint and administration of substances by commonly used routes.  A quiz and competency assessment are included.   

Prerequisite – working with guinea pigs and listed on an approved animal use protocol
Scheduled – as needed
Course length – 2 hours

Obtain form for registration. 

Fish Module:

This module is required for all fish users. It covers basic introduction to working with several species of finfish, water quality, fish health, hazards of working with fish including zoonoses. It is offered by the University of Prince Edward Island.  A quiz is included.   

Prerequisite – working with fish and listed on an approved animal use protocol
Scheduled – as needed
Course length – 2 hours

Contact DCM for registration. 

Advanced Training Modules

Completion of the Ethics and Regulations Module and a species-specific module is a pre-requisite for all advanced training modules.  Other pre-requisites are specific to the module.

Advanced Techniques:

This module includes theoretical and practical components covering advanced biomethodology of the mouse or rat including techniques for blood collection, intravenous injections and gavage.  A quiz and competency assessment are included.

Prerequisite – working with mice or rats and listed on an approved animal use protocol, the Ethics and Regulations Module, one species-specific biomethodology module (rat or mouse)
Scheduled – as needed
Course length – 2-3 hours

Obtain form for registration.

Anesthetic Module:  

This module is required for anyone using an inhalant anesthetic machine for chronic or acute work.  It covers operation of the anesthetic machine and methods for judgement of anesthetic depth.  A competency assessment is included.

Prerequisite – the Ethics and Regulations Module, one species module
Scheduled – biweekly/monthly
Course length – 2 hours

Obtain form for registration.

Surgery Module:  

This module is required for anyone performing or assisting survival surgery. Content covers sterile technique, tissue handling, basic suturing and closures. To establish competency, in addition to successful completion of the module, the first surgical procedure the trainee performs will be monitored/evaluated by DCM staff.       

Prerequisite – the Ethics and Regulations Module, one species-specific biomethodology module, anesthesia module and listed on an approved animal use protocol
Scheduled – biweekly/monthly
Course length – 5 hours

Obtain form for registration.

Chemical Hazard Module:  

This module is required for anyone working with chemical hazards in animal models. It covers safe work practices, PPE, disposal, decontamination, equipment.  A competency assessment is included.     

Prerequisite – the Ethics and Regulations Module, one species-specific biomethodology module, see module for more details
Scheduled – as needed
Course length – 2 hours

Obtain form for registration.

Containment Level 2 Biosafety Module: 

This module is required for anyone working with Risk Group 2 pathogens or other products requiring Level 2 Containment in animal models. It covers safe work practices, PPE, disposal, disinfection, equipment. A competency assessment is included. 

Prerequisite – the Ethics and Regulations Module, one species-specific biomethodology module, see module for more details
Scheduled – as needed
Course length – 2 hours

Obtain form for registration.

Containment Level 3 Biosafety Module:

Advanced, specific training is required for anyone working with Risk Group 3 pathogens in a Level 3 Containment zone.  Contact Karen Parisien for additional information. 

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