Pre-submission and training

Safety Office training

These preliminary courses are strongly recommended for all animal researchers. Please ensure you've received the most recent training for all courses.

Training Attendees Delivery
WHMIS All undergraduate students online
Safety orientation Faculty, staff, students online
Workplace violence awareness Faculty, staff, students online
Hazard specific training Faculty, staff, students online or classroom

Animal research training

Some of the courses below are mandatory and some are optional. Review the description to determine which are required for your research project.

Note:  The Office of Research Ethics is using a new training and development registration system called GoSignMeUp.  This user-friendly interface will allow all animal researchers to enroll themselves in animal courses we offer (theory, classroom and tours).  Please take the time to review our quick instructions, for creating an account (one time only) and registering in courses, and explore what’s offered at our University.

All theory courses are still offered online through Desire to Learn.  Be aware of the pre-requisites for each course. Please allow up to 48 hours once you’ve registered through GoSignMeUp to be enrolled into Desire to Learn.  Once you have successfully completed any course, email oreaupp@uwaterloo.ca to have this information updated to your training record on GoSignMeUp.

Training and description

Pre-requisite

How to register Date(s) offered

Introductory animal research course (theory) (AR0001)

Mandatory online training course for all animal research. This is NOT required if you are doing field or tissue work only (see AR0009 below)

none

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

on going

Basic animal handling course (theory) (AR0002)

Mandatory online training for all persons named on AUPP who will be handling animals.

Familiarization with handling and restraint techniques in common species.

AR0001 

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

on going

Basic animal handling course : mice (clinical skills) (AR0003A)

Mandatory classroom training for all persons named on an application who will be handling animals (not necessary for only tissue or field research). Hands on familiarization with animal handling and restraint techniques in mice.

AR0001  AR0002

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

upon request at oreaupp@uwaterloo.ca

Basic animal handling course : rat (clinical skills) (AR0003B)

Mandatory classroom training for all persons named on an application who will be handling animals (not necessary for only tissue or field research).  Hands on familiarization with animal handling and restraint techniques in rats.

AR0001  AR0002

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite.

upon request at oreaupp@uwaterloo.ca

Basic field and tissue course (theory) (AR0009)

Mandatory online training course for persons doing field research or using animal tissue.  This is not required for anyone handling live animals ONLY field research or tissue

none

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

on going

Orientations and tours

Waterloo policies require that anyone involved in animal research must complete an orientation and tour of the facility in which the research will occur - multiple orientations and tours may be required.

Orientations and tours Pre-requisite How to register Date(s) offered

Central animal facility orientation (theory) (AR0004)

Mandatory online training for all persons who wish to use the central animal facility.

AR0001

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

on going

Aquatic facility orientation (theory) (AR0005)

Mandatory online training for all persons who want to use the aquatic facility.

Gives future facility users an understanding of the operation of the facility and its rules and regulations.

AR0001

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

on going

BMH facility orientation (theory) (AR0006)

Mandatory classroom training for all persons who wish to use the BMH facility.

Gives future facility users an understanding of the operation of the facility and its rules and regulations.

AR0001

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite.

on going

Optometry facility orientation (theory) (AR0007)

Mandatory online training for all persons who wish to use the Optometry facility.

Gives future facility users an understanding of the operation of the facility and its rules and regulations.

AR0001

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

on going

Pharmacy facility orientation (theory) (AR0008)

Mandatory online training for all persons who wish to use the Pharmacy facility.

Gives future facility users an understanding of the operation of the facility and its rules and regulations.

AR0001

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

on going

Central animal facility tour (AR0010)

Mandatory tour for all persons who wish to use the central animal facility.

Involves a tour and provides an overview of the rooms and facilities which are available to researchers.

AR0001 AR0004

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

upon request at oreaupp@uwaterloo.ca

Aquatic facility tour (AR0011)

Mandatory tour for all persons who wish to use the aquatics facility.

Involves a tour and provides an overview of the rooms and facilities which are available to researchers.

AR0001  AR0005

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

*Cancelled due to renovations

BMH facility tour (AR0012)

Mandatory tour for all persons who wish to use the BMH facility.

Involves a tour and provides an overview of the rooms and facilities which are available to researchers.

AR0001  AR0006

Or for tissue work: AR0009 only

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

*Cancelled until further notice

Optometry facility tour (AR0013)

Mandatory tour for all persons who wish to use the Optometry facility.

Involves a tour and provides an overview of the rooms and facilities which are available to researchers.

AR0001  AR0007

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

*Cancelled until further notice

Pharmacy facility tour (AR0024)

Mandatory tour for all persons who wish to use the Pharmacy facility.

Involves a tour and provides an overview of the rooms and facilities which are available to researchers.

AR0001  AR0008

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

*Cancelled until further notice

Protocol specific training

Some of the courses below are mandatory and some are optional. Review the description to determine which are required for your research project.

Training and description Pre-requisite How to register Date(s) offered

Advanced animal research theory course (AR0014)

This online course is mandatory for all persons planning to conduct procedures with an invasive category greater than a B level.

AR0001

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

on going

Humane endpoints theory course (AR0015)

This course training is mandatory to teach approaches to setting effective endoints.

AR0001  AR0002
AR0014

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

 This course has a pre-requisite. 

October 30, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Email oreaupp@uwaterloo.ca for further instructions for signing up for this virtual workshop.

Aquatic species theory course (AR0016)

Mandatory online training for all persons who will be working with aquatic species (fish and frogs).

AR0001

AR0005

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

on going

Aquatic species (clinical skills) course (AR0017)

This classroom training is mandatory for individuals who need to learn fish blood collection techniques.

AR0001

AR0016

AR0005

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

upon request at oreaupp@uwaterloo.ca

Survival surgery (theory) course (AR0018)

Mandatory online training for individuals who will be performing survival surgery on mice, rats, or rabbits.

AR0001  AR0002  AR0003   AR0014

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

on going

Survival surgery (clinical skills) course (AR0019)

Hands on lab introducing the procedures for sterile surgery, tissue handling and suturing laboratory animals.

AR0001  AR0002  AR0003   AR0014  AR0018  AR0020  AR0021

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

upon request at oreaupp@uwaterloo.ca

Inhalation anaesthesia (theory) course (AR0020)

Mandatory online training for individuals who will be using an anesthetic machine as part of their approved protocol.

AR0001  AR0002  AR0003   AR0014

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

on going

Inhalation anaesthesia (clinical) course (AR0021)

Mandatory hands on training for individuals using an anesthetic machine. Class covers safety, use and all procedures related to using inhalation anesthesia on laboratory animals.

AR0001 AR0002  AR0003 AR0014   AR0020

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite.

upon request at oreaupp@uwaterloo.ca
Breeding colony and genetically engineered animals (theory) course (AR0022) AR0001 AR0002  AR0003  AR0014

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

on going

SCID Room Orientation Course (AR0025)

Mandatory room training for individuals who will need to work with immuno-compromised animals.
AR0001 AR0002 AR0003 AR0004 AR0014

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

upon request at oreaupp@uwaterloo.ca

Rabbit Handling Course (AR0026)

Mandatory hands on for individuals who will need to handle or perform procedures on rabbits.
AR0001 AR0002 AR0004

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

upon request at oreaupp@uwaterloo.ca

Biosafety Level 2 Room Course (AR0027)

Mandatory room and procedural training for any individuals working under an application where animals are housed in BSL 2 conditions.
AR0001 AR0002 AR0004 AR0014

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

upon request at oreaupp@uwaterloo.ca

Protocol Specific Clinical Technical Procedures (AR0028)

Specific training on techniques unique to an application eg. gavage, SC tumor cell injections, SC implants.
AR0001 AR0002 AR0003 AR0004 AR0014

Self-register using Go Sign Me Up

This course has a pre-requisite. 

upon request at oreaupp@uwaterloo.ca

Email for access to your current animal training records.

Guidelines and training

Canadian

Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC)

Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS/ACSAL)

Canadians for Health Research

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)

  • Web site includes the Association's journals

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMARFA)

Partners in Research


USA

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)

  • Web site lists contents and abstracts from both Contemporary Topics and Laboratory Animal Science 

Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC)

  • Web site includes US legislation, regulations, policies and guidelines as well as the AWIC newsletter, searchable by topic

American Verterinary Medical Association Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 edition (PDF)

Foundation for Biomedical Research

Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources (ILAR)

  • Web site includes searchable contents of ILAR journals

Journal Literature for Animal Welfare Information (Johns Hopkins University)

  • Internet resources for veterinary and animal related topics

Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)

Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW)


International

Alternative Databases

  • Information on the "Three Rs" Concerning Animal Welfare in Research: Reduction, Replacement, Refinement 

Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART) 

  • Web site includes fact sheets useful for animal health technicians and researchers as well as a list of publications

Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME) 

  • Researching alternatives to animal testing

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW)

  • Web site includes contents of the journal Animal Welfare