Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR)


Continuing Education Credits are available with attendance of our DLAR workshops!

  • Hands-on Rodent Surgical Workshop - Our instructor for this workshop will be Dr. Cheryl Haughton, Senior Clinical Veterinarian. Research staff will need to complete prerequisite training prior to enrollment in this rodent surgical workshop. Prerequisite training will include: Mouse and Rat Handling; Mouse and Rat Injection Techniques; Use of Rodent Anesthesia Machine; Principles of Aseptic Rodent Surgery; Suturing Basics for Rodents; and Post Surgical Monitoring. Forms of this training include the AALAS learning library, DLAR online or workshop presentations, demonstrated experience, and work with inanimate models.  Please contact Dr. Haughton at cheryl.haughton@uky.edu to discuss prerequisites.
  • Mouse Breeding Colony Management - Contact the DLAR Training Coordinator JoeAnn Croxford for further information and reservations. View PowerPoint.
  • Basic Handling of Mice and Rats and Injection Techniques Training - This workshop covers various techniques of physical and chemical restraint and injection techniques for mice and rats. Contact Kathy Boaz at kaboaz2@email.uky.edu for details. Please view the handout for the Handling of Mice and Rats HERE and the powerpoint here.
  • Hands-On Rodent Procedure Training - Contact Jason Oakes at jboake2@uky.edu to schedule a training session.
  • Principles of Aseptic Surgery Techniques - This workshop will demonstrate the appropriate way to prep your surgical area and patient in an aseptic manner. Handouts will be offered for future reference as well. Please contact April Davis at adba222@uky.edu to sign up for the workshop or if you need any further information. View PowerPoint
  • Use of Rodent Anesthesia Machines - Please contact our research analyst Glenn Florence at gflor0@uky.edu to sign up. View PowerPoint
  • Post Surgical Monitoring - For further information and to register for this seminar, please contact Verda Davis. View PowerPoint
  • Humane Techniques for Rodent Euthanasia using Carbon Dioxide - Contact our Training Coordinator JoeAnn Croxford to schedule this session.
  • Suturing Basics for Rodents - Contact Meggie Coleman for scheduling and more information.

Further Information on Research Species

Seminar notes from the DLAR presentation The 3 "R"s plus One are available for viewing and download. If you wish to schedule a seminar for your group please contact the Training Coordinator.

Occupational Health and Safety Information
An important part of working with laboratory animals is knowing the potential risks involved with certain species. The presentation below may be of value when assessing those risks. Please log on to the myUK webpage The myUK webpage can be found at https://myuk.uky.edu/irj/portal Select Employee Self-Service tab*, select the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources section and book the Occupational Health and Safety course. Once you have completed the course and quiz, print out your completion certificate and either fax it to 859-323-6002 or email it to the DLAR Training Coordinator . You may also drop or mail a copy of the certificate to our Main office in HSRB 204. Please remember that this is an IACUC requirement for all members of the research staff.

*If you are not a UK employee please contact Zack Adams to obtain an offline version of the quiz.

Additional Training Available

A wide variety of training opportunities are available through the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources including Aseptic Surgery guidelines, restraint and blood collection, oral gavage and injection techniques. Our staff has experience in the care and handling of most common laboratory animal species and is only too happy to assist you and your staff. Inquires for group or individual sessions can be scheduled by contacting our DLAR training Coordinator or veterinary staff. Technical assistance may be obtained from our research analysts by contacting our Experimental Surgery coordinator.

In addition to our library, consisting of printed materials, CD's and DVD's, individual and group session training, technical services through our research analysts, and veterinary consultations, there are a number of self-paced training modules available on the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Learning Library and the University of Kentucky eLearning Blackboard system.

PowerPoint presentations currently available:

PPE: What Is It and Why Do I Have to Wear It?
Working in a Rodent Barrier Room
Micro-Isolator Technique
Using Rodent Anesthesia Machines
Principles of Aseptic Surgery Techniques
Injection Techniques for Mice and Rats
Mouse Breeding Colony Management
Post-Surgical Monitoring

The University of Kentucky Environmental Health and Safety provides numerous on-line training modules in Biosafety and other areas that may be of benefit to our researchers and their staff. Please take a few minutes to review the list to see if the modules are applicable to your work. They can be found at the link provided here. Training from Environmental Heath and Safety. The Institutional Biosafety Committee information may be found at this web site IBC. A link to The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee information is listed at the lower left hand corner of this page. Should you need additional information on biosafety, we have included a link to the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th Edition published by the Centers for Disease Control for your convenience.


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Updated 22 May 2018 by Zack Adams