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 to discuss prerequisites.

Mouse Breeding Colony Management

Contact the DLAR Training Coordinator JoeAnn Croxford for further information and reservationsColony Management training slides (pdf, 82pgs).

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 JoeAnn Croxford at for details. Please view the information for the Handling of Mice and Rats (password: handlemice1) and the Injection Techniques for Mice and Rats presentation (pdf, 22pgs).

Hands-On Rodent Procedure Training

Contact Jason Oakes at 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 JoeAnn Croxford to sign up for the workshop or if you need any further information. Aseptic Surgery Techniques presentation (pdf, 12pgs).

Post Surgical Monitoring

For further information and to register for this seminar, please contact JoeAnn CroxfordPost-Surgical Monitoring and Records presentation (pdf, 36pgs).

Humane Techniques for Rodent Euthanasia using Carbon Dioxide

Contact our Training Coordinator JoeAnn Croxford to schedule this session.

research species info

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.

additional training

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 Coordinatoror 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.

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.