Training Classes for Investigative Staff

The ACS Veterinary Staff offers many FREE hands-on training opportunities. This training is designed to help the UF animal research community refine essential technical skills and knowledge, and ensure animal well-being and regulatory compliance. You must be on an approved protocol to attend training.

Click the links below to register for training classes:

Rodent Biomethodology

This course is voluntary but HIGHLY recommended for research staff working with mice and rats.  It focuses on many essential technical skills including (but not limited to) rodent handling, restraint, and injection techniques.

NOTE: Beginning March 1, Rodent Biomethodology will be mandatory for all rodent users.

Aseptic Technique Workshop

This course is MANDATORY for all research staff participating in survival surgery and focuses on aseptic technique, surgical guidelines and strategies, incision and suturing information and post-operative monitoring.

Mouse Breeding Workshop (online)

This is course is MANDATORY for research staff who will be breeding mice. Topics covered include mouse reproductive biology, breeding systems, record keeping, factors affecting reproduction, calculation of the Productivity Efficiency Index, and average PEI of various strains. Click the link above for access to the course. Will take approximately an hour to complete.

Special Training Request

ACS also provides custom, hands-on training for special procedures and techniques in rodents and non-rodents. If you need assistance with any procedure not covered by the above courses, submit a special training inquiry here.

NOTE:  Training workshops are free; however, if you do not show up for class or cancel with less than 48hrs business hours notice the protocol will be billed a cancellation fee.

Email the training team ACSTRAININGREQUESTS-L@LISTS.UFL.EDU asap if you can not attend the hands-on workshop you signed up for.