Training

All staff and students caring for, and using live vertebrates for scientific purposes at NUS must be educated, trained and qualified to use animals in a humane and ethical manner.

The following training courses meet the requirements for training as set forth in the NACLAR Guidelines.

  • Responsible Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (RCULA) conducted by Comparative Medicine (CM), for the use of common laboratory mammals, and
  • Responsible Care and Use of Fish (RCUF) conducted by CM for the use of fish for scientific purposes.

These training courses will give personnel a general understanding on the regulations and the responsibility in using animals for scientific purposes. Successful participants will be awarded certificates, the serial number of which will be required when submitting protocols for IACUC review.

*Latest update for the Responsible Care and Use of Laboratory Animals NUS Training Course.

Priority for RCULA training is accorded to full time NUS Staff and Students listed in NUS IACUC protocol. NUS Staff and Students listed in NON - NUS IACUC protocols will be placed on A NON – Priority waiting list.

Please note that it can take up to 3 working days for full time NUS Staff and Students listed in NUS IACUC protocols to be registered for RCULA training.

For ALL External registrants listed in NON – NUS IACUC protocol, at least 6 to 9 working days is required for registration.

Payment must be received from all external registrants before assigning of mandatory online modules for completion, a pre – requisite before the schedule of hands on training.

 

Species Specific Training Programme @ MD 2 Vivarium

The species used include mouse, rat, rabbit, guinea pig and pig. Training on animal use and aseptic surgery will be tailored according to diverse training levels

  1. Hands on
  2. Techniques Specific
  3. Protocol Specific
Comparative Medicine (CM), together with IACUC, launched the practical component of the Responsible Care and Use of Fish for scientific purposes (RCUF) course on 19th November 2014. This replaces the biannual wet lab session given by the Department of Biological Sciences (DBS). The course consists of a short lecture followed by a hands-on session from 2pm to 5pm, conducted at Blk MD 2 Level 1 (Hands-on) and Level 2 (lecture)

 

Tentative Training Programme

Time Programme
2.00-3.00pm
  • Zebrafish as research model
  • Zebrafish husbandry
  • Water systems
  • Videos on zebrafish milking, spawning, development and embroyos bleaching etc
3.00-5.00pm Zebrafish Hands-on Training
  1. Netting
  2. Sexing
  3. Weighing/taking measurements
  4. Anesthesia
  5. Fin-clipping
  6. Euthanasia

Pre-Requisites for taking RCUF hands-on session

  • Completion of RCULA part 1C-RCUF and relevant zebrafish modules
  • Tetanus Vaccination

For External Participants: A fee will be charged to cover online training, certificate, animals and consumable items used. Please refer here for the charges.

For NUS Staffs and Students: ODPRT (Office of Deputy President- Research and Technology) has waived both RCULA and RCUF training fees for NUS Staff and Students until further notice. For more information regarding RCULA, please click here. For more information relating to RCUF, please click here.

No Shows/Re-schedule of training: In order for RCULA participants to take the attendance of RCULA hands on training seriously, the following administrative charges policy will apply for No Shows and re-scheduled training:

  • RCULA hands on charges are currently free for NUS Staff and Students. All RCULA participants (NUS) are allowed a maximum of 3 re – schedules (EXCEPT medical leave) of RCULA Hands On Training Dates. The 4th RCULA training date re – schedule will incur an administrative charge of $125 by Comparative Medicine.
  • An administrative charge of $125 by Comparative Medicine will be imposed on all RCULA/F participants (NUS) if they are no-shows on actual day of training without prior notification to the RCULA team.
  • RCUF hands on are currently free for NUS Staff and Students until further notice. All RCUF participants (NUS) are allowed a maximum of 3 re – schedules (EXCEPT medical leave) of RCUF Hands On Training Dates. The 4th RCUF training date re – schedule will result in an administrative charge of $125 by Comparative Medicine.
Types of Admin Charge/Category NUS Students/Staff External Participants
2th-3th Re-schedule S$125 Full Course Fees
4th Re-schedule S$125 $S150+Full Course Fees

For NUS staff and students, please submit the application form via email to rcula@nus.edu.sg.

For external participants/non-NUS staff and students, please complete and submit this application form via email to rcula@nus.edu.sg

For all general enquiries, please contact Mr Shawn Tay via phone 66013005 or email: lactayyq@nus.edu.sg or Ms Deniscia Deninvan Low via phone 6601 3924 or email: lacddl@nus.edu.sg

RCULA FAQ

January

Dates Type of Hands on Training
4th January Mice (2-5pm)
11th January RCUF (9am-12pm)
           
18th January Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
 25th January Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

February

Dates Type of Hands on Training
1st February Mice (2-5pm)
15th February RCUF (9am-12pm)
Rats (2-5pm)
 22nd FebruaryAseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

March

Dates Type of Hands on Training
1st March Mice (2-5pm)
8th March Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
15th March Rats (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
22nd March Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

April

Dates Type of Hands on Training
5th April RCUF (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
12th April Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Rats (2-5pm)
26th April Pig (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

May

Dates Type of Hands on Training
10th May Rats (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
17th May Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
24th May Rats (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
31st May Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

June

Dates Type of Hands on Training
14th June Rats (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
21st June Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
28th June Pig (9am-12pm)
Rodent isoflurane machine hands-on training (Inhalation anaethesia)(2-5pm)

July

Dates Type of Hands on Training
5th July RCUF (9am-12pm)
Rats(2-5pm)
12th July Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
26th July Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

August

Dates Type of Hands on Training
2nd August Mice (9am-12pm)
Rats (2-5pm)
16th August Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
23rd August RCUF (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
30th AugustPig (9am-12pm)
Rodent isoflurane machine hands-on training (Inhalation anaethesia)(2-5pm)

September

Dates Type of Hands on Training
6th September Rats (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
13th September Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
20th September Rats (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
27th SeptemberAseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

October

Dates Type of Hands on Training
4th October Rats (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
11th October Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
18th October Pig (9am-12pm)
Rodent isoflurane machine hands-on training (Inhalation anaethesia)(2-5pm)
25th October Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Rats (2-5pm)

November

Dates Type of Hands on Training
1st November RCUF (9am-12pm)
8th November Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
22nd November Rats (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
29th NovemberAseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

Scope of Training

Types of Hands-on/Species Scope of Training
Aseptic Introductory
  1. Basic Principles of aseptic techniques
  2. Basic suture techniques and practice on provided training materials
  3. Pre, peri and post procedure care and monitoring
  4. Proper recordkeeping
Fish Introductory
  1. Sexing
  2. Netting
  3. Anesthesia
  4. Taking measurements
  5. Fin clipping
  6. Humane euthanasia
Guinea Pig Introductory
  1. Sexing
  2. Handling and Restraint
  3. Basic injections: Intraperitoneal and Subcutaneous
  4. Humane Euthanasia
  5. Vena Cava Bleed
  6. Injectable anesthesia
Mouse Introductory
  1. Sexing
  2. Handling and Restraint
  3. Basic injections: Intraperitoneal and Subcutaneous
  4. Facial bleed
  5. Humane Euthanasia
Pig Introductory (Lecture and walk through)
  1. Sexing
  2. Pre, peri and post procedure care and monitoring
  3. Humane Euthanasia
  4. Pig anesthesia
Rabbit Introductory
  1. Sexing
  2. Handling and Restraint
  3. Basic injections: Intraperitoneal and Subcutaneous
  4. Humane Euthanasia
  5. Vein and arterial bleed
  6. Injectable anesthesia
  7. Pre, peri and post procedure care and monitoring
Rat Introductory
  1. Sexing
  2. Handling and Restraint
  3. Basic injections: Intraperitoneal and Subcutaneous
  4. Facial bleed
  5. Humane Euthanasia

Click HERE to read more on Education and Training for the Humane Care and Use of Animals in Research, Training and Testing.


Best Wishes & Sincerely, 
CM Training Team