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Working with Rats in Research Settings

This course provides training on working with rats in research settings.


About this Course


This course offers an introduction to working with rats in research settings including the regulatory mandates and biological features of rats.

Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: IACUC Members, Animal Workers, Investigators, Research Assistants, Staff

Organizational Subscription Price: Included in organizational subscription
Independent Learner Price: $110 per person


Course Content


Toggle Content Introduction to Working with Rats in Research Settings

Introduces the Working with Rats in Research Settings course.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 1916 (English)

Toggle Content Research Mandates and Occupational Health Issues

Discusses the research mandates and occupational health issues related to working with rats.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 1917 (English)

Toggle Content Alternatives Searches, Humane Standards, Housing, and Acclimation and Quarantine

Explains the requirements for investigators to provide written assurance that alternatives are not available for proposed procedures in rabbits likely to cause pain and/or distress. It also presents the best practices for the humane treatment of rats as well as allowing them to acclimate with their environment.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 1919 (English)

Toggle Content Detecting Pain and Distress, Genetics, and Biological Features

Provides information on the detection of pain and distress in rats during research testing. It also presents the important biological features that they possess.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 1923 (English)

Toggle Content Injections, Blood Collection, Antibody Production, and Pain Relief

Describes the volume recommendations and proper procedure for acute intravenous fluid administration and blood collection in rats, as well as the dose rates for the common drugs and drug regimens. It also discusses antibody production for research testing.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 1926 (English)

Toggle Content Surgery, Supportive Care and Monitoring, Euthanasia, and References

Explains the appropriate surgical techniques, supportive care and monitoring, and euthanasia for rats. It also lists the references that were used for the Working with Rats in Research Settings course.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 1929 (English)