Welcome to Animal Facility training

To gain access to this site please download the Training registration form  and follow the instructions below. 

Please use this Document for Perquisites to ensure you have the requirements for each course.  Other then the endpoints course, you MUST have taken at least Orientation and Animal handling before you can take any other courses.


COVID 19 PROTOCOLS

  • Please follow the most up-to-date COVID protocols by going the the McMaster Covid Page (https://covid19.mcmaster.ca/)
  • Please note that training space is prioritized to those who require the techniques for their research projects
    • If you are taking any training out of interest, you may be removed from the course if the course fills up. You will be notified, and can sign up for the next scheduled session.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING YOUR COURSES

  • Once you book into courses, they will automatically show in the calendar included on the right hand side of the page. You can import this calendar into your email calendars.
  • There will not be any reminder emails sent out.
  • Please keep track of your course dates and times.
  • Please contact afmtrain@mcmaster.ca if you would like Orientation, Rat/Mouse Handling and Euthanasia, as well as Endpoints courses to appear on your transcript.

LOCATION OF COURSES

  • All courses, (except site specific Orientation for SJH, Psychology, LSB, and DBRI; and most Endpoint courses) are in the CAF.
  • Please check the location, and contact us at afmtrain@mcmaster.ca if you have any questions.

TECHNOLOGY AND TRAINING

  • Please do not bring your cell phone to training sessions.

IN THE CASE YOU CANNOT MAKE A TRAINING SESSION YOU HAVE BOOKED

  • If the course has not closed to bookings, please read the "how to book and cancel training" file below. 
  • Removing the course from your calendar will not remove your booking. 
  •  If the course has closed to bookings, please email us at afmtrain@mcmaster.ca to inform us that you will not be attending training.
  • Please note that 24 hours’ notice (via email) must be given for all course cancellations.
  • Notification on the morning of a course, before the course starts, is acceptable in the case of illness or emergency.
  • If a course is missed without prior notification, (even in the case of illness) please email us at afmtrain@mcmaster.ca to provide an explanation. 
  • We will then require communication from the PI regarding the absence prior to allowing entry into subsequent courses.

ON A WAITLIST?

  • Still submit your DOT and complete the quiz 2 business days (by 10am) prior to the start of the course.
  • There is always the chance that there could be a late cancellation.  
  • You can also come to the course, in case someone does not show, or shows up late.  
  • In the case where there is more than one person on the waitlist, and both people show up, the first person will get the spot.  But if everyone shows up, those on the waitlist will be turned away.  There are no guarantees.
  •  Please ensure you sign up for the next available course, to ensure you have a secured spot in an offering.  
  • If you get off of the waitlist, please remove yourself from the future course you signed up for.  
    • For example, you signed up for Level 2 on November 15th, and are 1st on the waitlist.  You signed up for the course on December 1st so you had a secured reservation.  On November 11th, you see that you have moved out of the waitlist and have a secured spot in the course.  You would then go into your reservations and cancel yourself out of the course on December 1st. 
  • Please ensure you check your registration the day before the course to see if you have moved from the waitlist into an assured registered space in the course.  
  • You will not be notified if you have been moved from a waitlist spot into an assured registered space.


ANIMAL FACILITY TRAINING ATTENDANCE RULE

  • Students are encouraged to arrive at the time of registration outlined on the course description (15 minutes prior to the start time of the course for all courses, even those not on the Training Website).  
  • At the CAF, students will need to wait at the entrance to the facility for the trainer to pick them up.  
  • Any students arriving after the trainer has brought the other students into the facility will not be admitted, and will need to sign up for the next available offering.  
    • This also applies to courses that only has one person signed up. 

    • If you arrive once the course was set to start (i.e. at 11:01 when training was set to start at 11:00), you will not be admitted.


YOUR SAFETY (AND THE ANIMAL'S SAFETY) DURING TRAINING IS IMPORTANT TO US

  • Please ensure you have eaten prior to attending any courses.
  • IF you have two courses back to back (i.e. CAF Orientation, Mouse Handling/Euthanasia) pack a high energy snack to quickly eat between courses.
  • Should you be fasting for any reason, you may want to defer your training to avoid any potential of passing out during a training session, or alert the trainer prior to the start of training so a chair can be provided.
  • Similarly, if you have a history of fainting, have given blood the same day, have an aversion to blood, are pregnant or have any other medical conditions that may predispose you to fainting, please speak to the trainer prior to the start of the session so a chair can be provided where applicable.
  • If you feel faint at any point in time, sit on the floor IMMEDIATELY and inform the trainer.  Chairs are not safe to sit in if you are feeling faint.

QUIZZES MUST BE COMPLETED AND DOCUMENTS OF TRAINING (DOTs) SUBMITTED, 2 business days (by 10am) BEFORE THE COURSE START DATE-WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS NOT INCLUDED.  YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM A COURSE IF THIS DEADLINE IS NOT ADHERED TO.


Available courses

Self enrolment

CAF Orientation

CAF Orientation

Orientation training is mandatory if you will be working with anima...
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Self enrolment

LSB Orientation

LSB Orientation

This course is mandatory if you will be working with animals.
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Self enrolment

PSYCH Orientation

PSYCH Orientation

This course is mandatory if you will be working with animals.
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Self enrolment

SJH Orientation

SJH Orientation

This course is mandatory if you will be working with animals.
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Self enrolment

DBRI-AF Orientation and UltraClean

DBRI-AF Orientation and UltraClean

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Self enrolment

Mouse Handling, Zoonoses, and Euthanasia

Mouse Handling, Zoonoses, and Euthanasia

This course is mandatory if you will be working with mice.
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Self enrolment

Rat Handling, Zoonosis, and Euthanasia

Rat Handling, Zoonosis, and Euthanasia

This course is mandatory if you will be working with rats.
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Self enrolment

Rabbit Handling

Rabbit Handling

Course
Self enrolment

Endpoints

Endpoints

This course is mandatory if you will be working with animals.
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Self enrolment

Gas Anesthesia

Gas Anesthesia

Pre-requisites are rat or mouse handling/euthanasia.
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Self enrolment

Injectable Anesthesia

Injectable Anesthesia

Mouse or Rat Handling must be completed before taking this course
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Self enrolment

Survival Surgery

Survival Surgery

Either Gas or Injectable Anesthesia must be completed before taking...
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Self enrolment

Clean/Vent

Clean/Vent

Must complete Orientation and animal handling training prior to thi...
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Self enrolment

Level 2

Level 2

Must complete Clean/Vent prior to taking this course.
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Self enrolment

UltraClean

UltraClean

Clean/Vent and Level 2 training are prerequisites for this course.
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Self enrolment

SJH UltraClean/Level 2

SJH UltraClean/Level 2

Course
Self enrolment

Mouse Tail Vein Injections

Mouse Tail Vein Injections

Pre-requisite is Mouse Handling/Euthanasia
Course
Self enrolment

Mouse Blood Collection

Mouse Blood Collection

Saphenous and facial bleeding techniques only.
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Self enrolment

Rat Blood Collection

Rat Blood Collection

This course does not teach retro-orbital and cardiac bleeds.
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Self enrolment

Retro-orbital and Cardiac Blood Collection

Retro-orbital and Cardiac Blood Collection

ONLY retro-orbital and cardiac bleeds are taught in this course.
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Self enrolment

CERTIFICATION Retro-Orbital Blood Collection

CERTIFICATION Retro-Orbital Blood Collection

This course is for CERTIFICATION in mouse retro-orbital blood colle...
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Self enrolment

Mouse Gavage

Mouse Gavage

Mouse Handling course must be completed prior to this course.
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Self enrolment

CERTIFICATION Mouse Gavage

CERTIFICATION Mouse Gavage

This course is only for those who have completed mouse gavage train...
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Self enrolment

Rat Gavage

Rat Gavage

Rat Handling must be completed prior to taking this course.
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Self enrolment

CERTIFICATION Rat Gavage

CERTIFICATION Rat Gavage

This course is only for those who have already taken rat gavage tra...
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Self enrolment

Introduction to Breeding Mice

Introduction to Breeding Mice

Course
Self enrolment

SCU Orientation

SCU Orientation

This course is only for those working with PIs in the Stem Cell Uni...
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Self enrolment

SCU RC2 Anesthetic Machine Training

SCU RC2 Anesthetic Machine Training

For users of the SCU that require the use of the anesthetic machine
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