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Training Classes and Visitor Information

Researcher Orientation Classes

Before gaining access to CCM animal facilities, all new research staff must go through an orientation class. In order to register for classes, new staff must be in the process of being added to a protocol. Access will be granted once approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) office.

Classes include classroom presentations, facility tours and a hands-on euthanasia course. Orientation classes are held on both campuses every week.

Participants must contact the training office to schedule their training sessions.

Schedule:

Chicago Campus, Lurie Orientation

  • Lasts approximately 2 hours, includes hands-on rodent euthanasia training and facility tour
  • Held once each week - alternating Wednesdays at 9:00am or Thursdays at 1:30pm

Evanston Campus, Evanston Orientation

  • Lasts approximately 2 hours, includes hands-on rodent euthanasia training and facility tour
  • Held Tuesdays at 1:00pm and Fridays at 10:30am

 

Controlled Substance Training

To view the presentation shown during the Controlled Substance Training click here.

 

Introduction to Surgery

Introduction to Rodent Surgery includes a classroom session followed by a wet lab. Topics covered include aseptic technique, gowning, gloving, and suturing. This class is offered on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 9:00am-12:00pm in our conference room on the 14th floor of the Searle Building.

Introduction to Large Animal Surgery includes a classroom session followed by a wet lab. Topics covered include aseptic technique, gowning, gloving, and suturing. This class is offered on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 9:00am-12:00pm in our conference room on the 14th floor of the Searle Building.

 

DVMAX & Medical Records Training

Research staff working with large animal species are required to complete DVMAX and Medical Records training, facilitated by the CCM Veterinary Staff on the Chicago campus in our conference room on the 13th floor of the Searle Building.

  • DVMAX & Medical Records training sessions are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month, from 3:00pm-5:00pm.

Evanston research staff are encouraged to attend one of the regularly scheduled classes held on the Chicago campus.   

 

Rabbit Handling and Restraint Training

Rabbit handling and restraint training sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month: 9:30 – 11:30 am. In addition to handling and restraint, substance administration is offered to researchers who have been approved on an Animal Study Protocol for the experimental technique. Classes include training documents review and hands-on training.

 

Other Training Classes

The Training Office offers a variety of other classes on an as-needed basis. Please fill out our Training Request Form (use IE for best results) and/or contact CCM at 312-503-2758 for training.  If a topic you are interested in is not listed below, please contact the training office regarding the possibility of such a class. Many classes are tailored to the needs of the research staff.

  • Digital X-Ray Training- Available on the third Wednesday of each month from 3:00pm -4:00pm. See below for scheduling instructions
  • Containment Training
  • Surgical Equipment Sterilization Training
  • Quarantine Training
  • Rodent Inhalation Anesthesia
  • Ultrasound Training
  • Species-Specific Handling and Restraint
  • Experimental Techniques- tailored to specific requests from research staff (i.e. injections, blood withdrawal, gavage, etc.)
  • Euthanasia Training
  • Non-Human Primate Orientation- must be attended before access will be granted to non-human primate areas
  • Controlled Substance Training- must be attended in order to use, order, and pick up controlled substances
  • Radiation Source Training- must be attended in conjunction with radiation training from the Office of Research Safety and before access will be granted

As an additional resource, five videos are available to view which illustrate proper use of the animal transfer/work station, microisolator technique, mouse weaning and ventilated cage changing: rodents. 

Please Note: Using FireFox browser is known to cause problems viewing these videos.  Please use IE 9 or 10 for best results.

 

Aseptic Technique Training Course

The Aseptic Technique Training Course was developed by the Animal Health and Care Section of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. It is available for viewing using Quicktime or Windows Media Player.

For Research Staff with Visitors

Please fill out the CCM Visitor Hazard Information and Declaration of Compliance Form which is located on our Forms page. Depending on the species and the purpose of the visit, documentation of one or more test results may be required. Contact the Quality and Training Office, Andrew Feeney at 312-503-2758 if you have any questions.

 

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