In Person Courses

Below is a list of the in-person training courses that we offer. Click "Course Description" for more information on a particular course. Click "Course Schedule" to view the currently scheduled session times for a particular course.

You may register for a class by downloading and completing the Animal Use Training Registration form found on the Forms page. Please refer to the registration form for submission instructions and information on the fee schedule.

  • Mouse Hands-on Laboratory

    • Prerequisites:
      • Completion of the online course "Working with Mice at UW"
      • Completion of the Animal Use Medical Screening (UW personnel only)

    Mouse Hands-on Laboratory

    This course is the 2nd of a 2-part series (the 1st being the online course "Working with Mice at the University of Washington") and is divided into two sections (A and B).

    Section A: Section A is required for all personnel who will be handling or performing procedures on awake mice. The course includes a demonstration of proper techniques for humane handling, restraint, and use of mice. Instruction is provided on recognition of normal and abnormal physical and behavioral changes, gender determination, identification methods, non-invasive tissue sampling, subcutaneous injections, and intraperitoneal injections. There is discussion of appropriate methods of anesthesia, analgesia, and euthanasia.

    Section B: Section B will expand on the topics covered in Section A by including oral gavage, blood draws, tail vein injection, and other techniques as needed. Participants can be certified (as required by the IACUC) to perform certain techniques on mice.

    Retro-Orbital Bleed and Injection Certifications: Please be aware that these techniques often take more than 1 class to gain proficiency and obtain certification. Additionally, there is a 2-3 day waiting period after the bleed or injection is performed to ensure that the technique is performed proficiently and with no lasting trauma to the eye before certification can be verified. The instructor will notify you of the outcome. Personnel must be proficient in handling and restraint before attempting unanesthetized retro-orbital bleed certification.

    Important Note: While you may learn a variety of procedures during the class, you are only allowed to perform the procedures/techniques outside of the training class if they are listed on your UW IACUC approved animal use protocol.

    Prerequisites:

    • Completion of the online course "Working with Mice at UW"
    • Completion of the Animal Use Medical Screening (UW personnel only)
    Mouse Hands-On Laboratory
    SectionDayDateTimeNoted if Full
    Section ATuesdayMay 3011:00-12:10 
    Section BTuesdayMay 3012:15-1:45 
    Section AFridayJune 210:00-11:10 
    Section AFridayJune 21:00-2:10 
    Section BFridayJune 22:15-3:45 
    Section ATuesdayJune 611:00-12:10 
    Section BTuesdayJune 612:15-1:45 
    Section AWednesdayJune 71:00-2:10 
    Section BWednesdayJune 72:15-3:45 
    Section AFridayJune 910:00-11:10 
    Section BFridayJune 911:15-12:45 
    Section AFridayJune 92:15-3:25 
    Section AMondayJune 1210:00-11:10 
    Section AMondayJune 1212:45-1:55 
    Section BMondayJune 122:00-3:30 
    Section AMondayJune 1910:00-11:10 
    Section BMondayJune 1911:15-12:45 
    Section ATuesdayJune 2010:00-11:10 
    Section ATuesdayJune 201:00-2:10 
    Section BTuesdayJune 202:15-3:45 
    Section AFridayJune 2310:00-11:10 
    Section AFridayJune 231:00-2:10 
    Section BFridayJune 232:15-3:45 
    Section AMondayJune 2610:00-11:10 
    Section AMondayJune 261:00-2:10 
    Section BMondayJune 262:15-3:45 
    Section AWednesdayJune 2810:00-11:10 
    Section BWednesdayJune 2811:15-12:45 
    Section AWednesdayJune 282:15-3:25 
    Section AFridayJune 301:00-2:10 
    Section BFridayJune 302:15-3:45 
  • Rat Hands-on Laboratory

    • Prerequisites:
      • Completion of the online course "Working with Rats at UW"
      • Completion of the Animal Use Medical Screening (UW personnel only)

    Rat Hands-on Laboratory

    This course is the 2nd of a 2-part series (the 1st being the online course "Working with Rats at the University of Washington") and is divided into two sections (A and B).

    Section A: Section A is required for all personnel who will be handling or performing procedures on awake rats. The course includes a demonstration of proper techniques for humane handling, restraint, and use of rats. Instruction is provided on recognition of normal and abnormal physical and behavioral changes, gender determination, identification methods, and non-invasive tissue sampling. There is discussion of appropriate methods of anesthesia, analgesia, and euthanasia.

    Section B: Section B will expand on the topics covered in Section A by including subcutaneous injections, intraperitoneal injections, oral gavage, blood draws, and other techniques as needed. Participants can be certified (as required by the IACUC) to perform certain techniques on rats.

    Important Note: While you may learn a variety of procedures during the class, you are only allowed to perform the procedures/techniques outside of the training class if they are listed on your UW IACUC approved animal use protocol.

    Prerequisites:

    • Completion of the online course "Working with Rats at UW"
    • Completion of the Animal Use Medical Screening (UW personnel only)
    Rat Hands-On Laboratory
    SectionDayDateTimeNoted if Full
    Section AWednesdayMay 311:00-2:10 
    Section BWednesdayMay 312:15-3:15 
    Section AThursdayJune 810:00-11:10 
    Section BThursdayJune 811:15-12:15 
    Section AThursdayJune 82:00-3:10 
    Section AThursdayJune 2210:00-11:10 
    Section AThursdayJune 221:00-2:10 
    Section BThursdayJune 222:15-3:15 
    Section ATuesdayJune 2710:00-11:10 
    Section BTuesdayJune 2711:15-12:15 
    Section ATuesdayJune 272:00-3:10 
  • Hands-on Training for Species other than Mice and Rats: Scheduled on an as-needed basis

    Hands-on Training for Species other than Mice and Rats

    Training is available on proper techniques for humane handling, restraint, and use of the species. Instruction is provided on recognition of normal and abnormal physical and behavioral changes and gender determination. There is discussion of appropriate methods of blood vessel access, administration of medication, anesthesia, analgesia, and euthanasia.

    Important Note: While you may learn a variety of procedures during the class, you are only allowed to perform the procedures/techniques outside of the training class if they are listed on your UW IACUC approved animal use protocol.

    Scheduled on an as-needed basis. Contact the Training Coordinator at auts@uw.edu to arrange a training session.

  • Certification

    Certification

    Personnel performing certain techniques at the University of Washington must first be certified to do so. To gain certification, personnel must demonstrate proficiency in performing the technique under the supervision of a designee of the Attending Veterinarian. A list of techniques that require certification can be found on the Training Requirements page of this website.

    Certification for non-surgical mouse and rat techniques are covered during Section B of the hands-on laboratories. Refer to the course schedules above for upcoming sessions.

    Certification for all other species and techniques are scheduled on an as-needed basis. Contact the Training Coordinator at auts@uw.edu to arrange a certification session.

  • Lab-Managed Animal Care and Records (formerly Decentralized Animal Care and Records)

    Lab-Managed Animal Care and Records

    This course provides training on the basic requirements for maintaining animals and providing daily care for them within facilities not maintained by the Department of Comparative Medicine. The session covers basic procedures, regulations and requirements, and documentation. All personnel providing primary care for animals (non-aquatic) in Lab-Managed Facilities are required to complete this session. The PI or a professional staff lab manager is also required to complete this class. Note: rodent users must also complete the Sick Rodent Recognition session. There are no prerequisites.

    Lab-Managed Animal Care and Records
    DayDateDayTimeNoted if Full
    WednesdayMay312:25-3:00 
    TuesdayJune1310:25-11:00 
  • Lab-Managed Sick Rodent Recognition (formerly Decentralized Sick Rodent Recognition)

    Lab-Managed Sick Rodent Recognition

    This session provides training on the recognition of pain, illness, and injury in rodent species. It also provides detailed examples and discussion of commonly occurring rodent injuries and illness. Attendees will learn techniques for evaluation of pain and illness in rodent species. This session, in addition to the Lab-Managed Animal Care and Records session, is required of all personnel providing primary care for rodents in Lab-Managed Facilities. The PI or a professional staff lab manager is also required to complete both classes. There are no prerequisites.

    Lab-Managed Sick Rodent Recognition
    DayDateDayTimeNoted if Full
    WednesdayMay313:00-4:00 
    TuesdayJune1311:00-12:00 
  • Lab-Managed Animal Care and Records: Aquatic Animals (formerly Decentralized Animal Care and Records: Aquatic Animals)

    Lab-Managed Animal Care and Records: Aquatic Animals

    This course provides training on the basic requirements for maintaining aquatic animals and providing daily care for them within facilities not maintained by the Department of Comparative Medicine. The session covers basic procedures, regulations and requirements, and documentation. It also covers sick animal recognition and evaluation of pain, illness, and injury in aquatic species. All personnel providing primary care for aquatic animals in Lab-Managed Facilities are required to complete this session. The PI or a professional staff lab manager is also required to complete this class. There are no prerequisites.

    Lab-Managed Animal Care and Records: Aquatic Animals
    DayDateDayTimeNoted if Full
    WednesdayJune712:00-2:00 
  • Surgery Laboratory Part IA (rodent, fish, frog, bird users)

    • Prerequisite: Completion of the online course "Introduction to Rodent Surgery"

    Surgery Laboratory Part IA (rodent, fish, frog, bird users)

    This is the first session of a two part series designed to provide instruction on the basic tenets of surgical techniques in research animals and is intended for users of rodents, birds, frogs, fish, and other non-USDA species. Instruction is provided on opening sterile supplies, putting on sterile gloves, how to drape, handling instruments, sterilizing surgical instruments, suturing, and using surgical glue and wound clips. These topics will be expanded upon during the Surgery Laboratory Part II.

    Surgery Laboratory Part IA
    (rodent, fish, frog, bird users)
    DayDateDayTimeNoted if Full
    FridayJune210:00-12:00 
    TuesdayJune61:00-3:00 
    MondayJune192:00-4:00 
    WednesdayJune2810:00-12:00 
  • Surgery Laboratory Part IB (USDA non-rodent users)

    • Prerequisite: Completion of the online course "Introduction to Surgery (Non-Rodent, USDA-Covered Animals)"

    Surgery Laboratory Part IB (USDA non-rodent users)

    This is the first session of a two part series designed to provide instruction on the basic tenets of surgical techniques in research animals and is intended for users of USDA-covered non-rodents. Instruction is provided on opening sterile supplies, scrubbing, putting on sterile gloves and gowns, how to drape, handling instruments, sterilizing surgical instruments, suturing, using surgical glue and wound clips. These topics will be expanded upon during the Surgery Laboratory Part II.

    Surgery Laboratory Part IB
    (USDA non-rodent users)
    DayDateDayTimeNoted if Full
    FridayJune21:30-4:00Full 
    FridayJune231:30-4:00 
  • Surgery Laboratory Part II

    • Prerequisite: Surgery Laboratory Part I (A or B)

    Surgery Laboratory Part II

    This is part two of the surgery training series. This session expands on the knowledge of sterile and aseptic techniques learned in Surgery I (A or B), and puts them into practice. The session includes a hands-on lab giving attendees the opportunity to practice clipping and prepping, incision, blunt dissection, suturing, and using surgical glue and wound clips.

    Surgery Laboratory Part II
    DayDateDayTimeNoted if Full
    MondayJune510:00-12:00Full 
    FridayJune91:00-3:00 
    WednesdayJune211:00-3:00 
    FridayJune3010:00-12:00 
  • 6th Floor Facility Orientation

    • Prerequisites: Must be approved on protocol. Rodent users must complete the online Annual Training (formerly SPF Training).

    6th Floor Facility Orientation

    Facility Orientation Sessions are held inside the animal facilities and provide personnel with the training necessary for entering and working in the facility. Instruction is provided on the proper facility and animal room entry procedures, as well as the location of important resources.

    Personnel must complete the 6th Floor Facility Orientation in order to gain access to the 6th floor facility via Proxy card. If you are unable to attend the pre-scheduled orientation times, please contact the Training Coordinator at auts@uw.edu to arrange a training session.

    Note: In order to work in animal rooms located in the C-wing of the facility, personnel must attend the separate 6th Floor Facility C-wing Orientation. Attendance of the 6th Floor Facility Orientation is required prior to registering for the 6th Floor Facility C-wing Orientation.

    6th Floor Facility Orientation
    DayDateDayTimeNoted if Full
    TuesdayJune611:00-12:00 
    MondayJune1910:00-11:00 
  • 6th Floor Facility Behavior Room Orientation (formerly 6th Floor Facility C-wing Orientation) Scheduled on an as-needed basis

    • Prerequisite: Completion of the 6th Floor Facility Orientation.

    6th Floor Facility Behavior Room Orientation

    Facility Orientation Sessions are held inside the animal facilities and provide personnel with the training necessary for entering and working in the facility. The animal behavior study area of the 6th floor facility functions differently from the rest of the facility. For example, research staff are more involved in the daily care of the animals and room entry procedures vary. Instruction on these variances is provided in the orientation.

    Individuals who need to work in an animal behavior study room located in the 6th floor facility must complete the 6th Floor Facility Behavior Room Orientation. Attendance of the 6th Floor Facility Orientation is required prior to registering for the 6th Floor Facility Behavior Room Orientation.

    Scheduled on an as-needed basis. Contact the Training Coordinator at auts@uw.edu to arrange a training session.

  • T-wing Facility Orientation

    • Prerequisites: Must be approved on protocol. Rodent users must complete the online Annual Training (formerly SPF Training).

    T-wing Facility Orientation

    Facility Orientation Sessions are held inside the animal facilities and provide personnel with the training necessary for entering and working in the facility. Instruction is provided on the proper facility and animal room entry procedures, as well as the location of important resources.

    Personnel must complete the T-wing Facility Orientation in order to gain access to the T-wing facility via Proxy card. If you are unable to attend the pre-scheduled orientation times, please contact the Training Coordinator at auts@uw.edu to arrange a training session.

    T-wing Facility Orientation
    DayDateDayTimeNoted if Full
    TuesdayJune69:00-10:00 
    WednesdayJune2110:00-11:00 
  • K-wing Facility Orientation

    • Prerequisites: Must be approved on protocol. Rodent users must complete the online Annual Training (formerly SPF Training).

    K-wing Facility Orientation

    Facility Orientation Sessions are held inside the animal facilities and provide personnel with the training necessary for entering and working in the facility. Instruction is provided on the proper facility and animal room entry procedures, as well as the location of important resources.

    Personnel must complete the K-wing Facility Orientation in order to gain access to the K-wing facility via Proxy card. If you are unable to attend the pre-scheduled orientation times, please contact the Training Coordinator at auts@uw.edu to arrange a training session.

    Note: In order to work in the Animal Bio-Safety Level 2 (ABSL-2 rooms within the facility, personnel must attend the separate ABSL-2 Room Orientation. Attendance of the Facility Orientation is required prior to registering for the ABSL-2 Room Orientation.

    K-wing Facility Orientation
    DayDateDayTimeNoted if Full
    ThursdayJune11:00-2:30 
    TuesdayJune209:00-10:30 
    MondayJune261:00-2:30 
  • Foege Facility Orientation

    • Prerequisites: Must be approved on protocol. Rodent users must complete the online Annual Training (formerly SPF Training).

    Foege Facility Orientation

    Facility Orientation Sessions are held inside the animal facilities and provide personnel with the training necessary for entering and working in the facility. Instruction is provided on the proper facility and animal room entry procedures, as well as the location of important resources.

    Personnel must complete the Foege Facility Orientation in order to gain access to the Foege facility via Proxy card. If you are unable to attend the pre-scheduled orientation times, please contact the Training Coordinator at auts@uw.edu to arrange a training session.

    Note: In order to work in the Animal Bio-Safety Level 2 (ABSL-2) room within the facility, personnel must attend the separate ABSL-2 Room Orientation. Attendance of the Facility Orientation is required prior to registering for the ABSL-2 Room Orientation.

    Foege Facility Orientation
    DayDateDayTimeNoted if Full
    TuesdayMay3010:00-11:30 
    ThursdayJune82:00-3:30 
    ThursdayJune229:30-11:00 
    TuesdayJune271:00-2:30 
  • Harborview (HR&T) Facility Orientation

    • Prerequisites: Must be approved on protocol. Rodent users must complete the online Annual Training (formerly SPF Training).

    Harborview (HR&T) Facility Orientation

    Facility Orientation Sessions are held inside the animal facilities and provide personnel with the training necessary for entering and working in the facility. Instruction is provided on the proper facility and animal room entry procedures, as well as the location of important resources.

    Personnel must complete the HR&T Facility Orientation in order to gain access to the HR&T facility via access card. If you are unable to attend the pre-scheduled orientation times, please contact the Training Coordinator at auts@uw.edu to arrange a training session.

    Note: In order to work in the Animal Bio-Safety Level 2 (ABSL-2) room within the facility, personnel must attend the separate ABSL-2 Room Orientation. Attendance of the Facility Orientation is required prior to registering for the ABSL-2 Room Orientation.

    Harborview (HR&T) Facility Orientation
    DayDateDayTimeNoted if Full
    ThursdayJune810:00-11:30 
    FridayJune239:30-11:00 
  • Brotman Facility Orientation

    • Prerequisites: Must be approved on protocol. Rodent users must complete the online Annual Training (formerly SPF Training).

    Brotman Facility Orientation

    Facility Orientation Sessions are held inside the animal facilities and provide personnel with the training necessary for entering and working in the facility. Instruction is provided on the proper facility and animal room entry procedures, as well as the location of important resources.

    Personnel must complete the Brotman Facility Orientation in order to gain access to the Brotman facility via access card. Note: This facility is also known as 815 Mercer and South Lake Union (SLU). If you are unable to attend the pre-scheduled orientation times, please contact the Training Coordinator at auts@uw.edu to arrange a training session.

    Note: In order to work in the Animal Bio-Safety Level 2 (ABSL-2) room within the facility, personnel must attend the separate ABSL-2 Room Orientation. Attendance of the Facility Orientation is required prior to registering for the ABSL-2 Room Orientation.

    Brotman Facility Orientation
    DayDateDayTimeNoted if Full
    ThursdayJune112:30-2:00 
    MondayJune1210:30-12:00 
    ThursdayJune2912:30-2:00 
  • South Lake Union (SLU) 3.1 Facility Orientation

    • Prerequisites: Must be approved on protocol. Rodent users must complete the online Annual Training (formerly SPF Training).

    South Lake Union (SLU) 3.1 Facility Orientation

    Facility Orientation Sessions are held inside the animal facilities and provide personnel with the training necessary for entering and working in the facility. Instruction is provided on the proper facility and animal room entry procedures, as well as the location of important resources.

    Personnel must complete the SLU 3.1 Facility Orientation in order to gain access to the SLU 3.1 facility.

    Note: In order to work in the Animal Bio-Safety Level 2 (ABSL-2) room within the facility, personnel must attend the separate ABSL-2 Room Orientation. Attendance of the Facility Orientation is required prior to registering for the ABSL-2 Room Orientation.

    SLU 3.1 Facility Orientation
    DayDateDayTimeNoted if Full
    ThursdayJune19:30-11:00 
    MondayJune1212:30-2:00 
    ThursdayJune299:30-11:00 
  • Guthrie Facility Orientation: Scheduled on an as-needed basis

    • Prerequisites: Must be approved on protocol. Rodent users must complete the online Annual Training (formerly SPF Training).

    Guthrie Facility Orientation

    Facility Orientation Sessions are held inside the animal facilities and provide personnel with the training necessary for entering and working in the facility. Instruction is provided on the proper facility and animal room entry procedures, as well as the location of important resources.

    Personnel must complete the Guthrie Facility Orientation in order to gain access to the Guthrie facility.

    Scheduled on an as-needed basis. Contact the Training Coordinator at auts@uw.edu to arrange a training session.

  • Roosevelt Facility Orientation: Scheduled on an as-needed basis

    • Prerequisites: Must be approved on protocol. Rodent users must complete the online Annual Training (formerly SPF Training).

    Roosevelt Facility Orientation

    Facility Orientation Sessions are held inside the animal facilities and provide personnel with the training necessary for entering and working in the facility. Instruction is provided on the proper facility and animal room entry procedures, as well as the location of important resources.

    Personnel must complete the Roosevelt Facility Orientation in order to gain access to the Roosevelt facility.

    Scheduled on an as-needed basis. Contact the Training Coordinator at auts@uw.edu to arrange a training session.

  • CHDD Facility Orientation: Scheduled on an as-needed basis

    • Prerequisites: Must be approved on protocol. Rodent users must complete the online Annual Training (formerly SPF Training).

    CHDD Facility Orientation

    Facility Orientation Sessions are held inside the animal facilities and provide personnel with the training necessary for entering and working in the facility. Instruction is provided on the proper facility and animal room entry procedures, as well as the location of important resources.

    Personnel must complete the CHDD Facility Orientation in order to gain access to the CHDD facility.

    Scheduled on an as-needed basis. Contact the Training Coordinator at auts@uw.edu to arrange a training session.

  • North Lake Diesel (NLD) Facility Orientation: Scheduled on an as-needed basis

    • Prerequisites: Must be approved on protocol. Rodent users must complete the online Annual Training (formerly SPF Training).

    North Lake Diesel (NLD) Facility Orientation

    Facility Orientation Sessions are held inside the animal facilities and provide personnel with the training necessary for entering and working in the facility. Instruction is provided on the proper facility and animal room entry procedures, as well as the location of important resources.

    Personnel must complete the North Lake Diesel (NLD) Facility Orientation in order to gain access to the North Lake Diesel (NLD) facility.

    Scheduled on an as-needed basis. Contact the Training Coordinator at auts@uw.edu to arrange a training session.

  • Animal Bio-Safety Level 2 Room Orientation

    • Prerequisite: Completion of the facility orientation.

    Animal Bio-Safety Level 2 Room Orientation

    Individuals who need to work in an Animal Bio-Safety Level 2 (ABSL-2) room within a centralized vivarium must complete the Animal Bio-Safety Level 2 Room Orientation for that vivarium. Attendance of the Facility Orientation is required prior to registering for the ABSL-2 Room Orientation.

    If you are unable to attend the pre-scheduled orientation times, please contact the Training Coordinator at auts@uw.edu to arrange a training session.

    Please also visit the Environmental Health and Safety Department's website for information on their required biosafety and bloodborne pathogen training classes: http://www.ehs.washington.edu/psotrain/index.shtm.

    Animal Bio-Safety Level 2 Room Orientation
    FacilityDayDateDayTimeNoted if Full
    6th FloorAs neededAs neededAs neededAs needed 
    BrotmanThursdayJune12:00-3:00 
    FoegeFridayJune23:00-4:00 
    HR&TThursdayJune811:30-12:30 
    SLU 3.1MondayJune122:00-3:00 
    FoegeThursdayJune2211:00-12:00 
    K-wingMondayJune262:30-3:30 
    BrotmanThursdayJune292:00-3:00 
  • Animal Bio-Safety Level 3 Room Orientation: Scheduled on an as-needed basis

    • Prerequisites: Must be approved on protocol. Rodent users must complete the online Annual Training (formerly SPF Training).

    Animal Bio-Safety Level 3 Room Orientation

    Individuals who need to work in an Animal Bio-Safety Level 3 (ABSL-3) room must complete the Animal Bio-Safety Level 3 Room Orientation.

    Scheduled on an as-needed basis. Contact the Training Coordinator at auts@uw.edu to arrange a training session.

    Please also visit the Environmental Health and Safety Department's website for information on their required biosafety and bloodborne pathogen training classes: http://www.ehs.washington.edu/psotrain/index.shtm.

  • Gnotobiotic Animal Core (GNAC) Orientation: Scheduled on an as-needed basis

    • Prerequisite: Completion of the facility orientation.

    Gnotobiotic Animal Core (GNAC) Orientation

    Individuals who need to work in the Gnotobiotic Animal Core (GNAC) within a centralized vivarium must complete the Gnotobiotic Animal Core (GNAC) Orientation. Attendance of the Facility Orientation is required prior to registering for the Gnotobiotic Animal Core (GNAC) Orientation.

    Scheduled on an as-needed basis. Contact the Training Coordinator at auts@uw.edu to arrange a training session.

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