Training

IMPT NOTE: Ad hoc training will still be facilitated by CM directly with the research team for work that are only approved by ODPRT during the phase 1 period (2nd June to 15th July)

All staff and students caring for, and using live vertebrates for scientific purposes (research, training and teaching) 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 National Advisory Committee for Laboratory Animal Research (NACLAR) Guidelines:

  • Responsible Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (RCULA) for the use of common laboratory mammals
  • Responsible Care and Use of Fish (RCUF) for the use of fish

These training courses will give personnel a general understanding on the biology of the species, basic techniques, regulations and the responsibilities 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. RCULA/RCUF participant will be awarded a certificate upon successful completion of the course. The certificate serial number will be required during submission of protocols for IACUC review.

*Read more on Education and Training for the Humane Care and Use of Animals policy;

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*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
  

Fees

For NUS Staff and Students:

Administrative charge is applied for No-show/repeated re-scheduled training:

No-show

  • An administrative charge of $125 will be imposed if no-shows on actual day of training without prior notification to the RCULA team (at least one working day ahead of the scheduled hands-on training date.
Repeated re-scheduled training
  • All RCULA participants are allowed a maximum of 3 re – schedules (EXCEPT medical leave) of RCULA hands-on Training Dates. The 4th RCULA hands-on training date re – schedule will incur an administrative charge of $125

For all external registrants listed in NON – NUS IACUC protocol:

Full fee payment should be cleared after submission and acceptance of registration form

  • fee payment covers online training, certificate, animals and consumable items used. Detail fee is available upon registration or upon request.
  • any payment received without prior registration submission and acceptance will be terminated and refunded

Administrative charge is applied for No-show/repeated re-scheduled training:

No-show

  • An administrative charge of $150 will be imposed if no-shows on actual day of training without prior notification to the RCULA team (at least one working day ahead of the scheduled hands-on training date)
Repeated re-scheduled training

  • All RCULA participants are allowed a maximum of 3 re – schedules (EXCEPT medical leave) of RCULA hands-on Training Dates. The 4th RCULA hands-on training date re – schedule will incur an administrative charge $150
  

A) For NUS Staff and Students:

Please complete the NUS registration form link;

Please note the following (For NUS personnel):
1. Protocol number / iORC number and NUSNetID (No friendlymail) are required

2. Reservation of hands-on training dates are only allowed after completion of the training pre-requisites

B) For all external registrants listed in NON – NUS IACUC protocol - please complete External registration form link;


Please note the following (For Non-NUS personnel):

1. Training charges are applicable to all and full fee payment is required after submission and acceptance of registration form (pricelist will only be shared after registration)

2. Registration process may take at least 6 to 9 working days

3. Reservation of hands-on training dates are subjected to availability after completion of the training pre-requisites


Note: Registration to all hands on training can only be accepted after pre – requisites completion.

January

Dates Type of Hands on Training
10 January Rats (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
17 JanuaryAseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
31 January Pigs/Rabbits/Others (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

February

Dates Type of Hands on Training
7 February Rats (9am-12pm)
14 February Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
 21 FebruaryRCUF (9am-12pm)
Rats (2-5pm)
 28 FebruaryAseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

March

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

April

Dates Type of Hands on Training
3 April (CANCELLED)
Rats (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
17 April (CANCELLED)
Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
24 April (CANCELLED)
RCUF (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

May

Dates Type of Hands on Training
8 May (CANCELLED)
Rats (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
15 May (CANCELLED)
Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
22 May (CANCELLED)
RCUF (9am-12pm)
Rats (2-5pm)
29 May (CANCELLED)
Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

June

Dates Type of Hands on Training
5 June (CANCELLED)
Rats (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
12 June (CANCELLED)
Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
19 June (CANCELLED)
Pigs/Rabbits/Others (9am-12pm)
Rats (2-5pm)
26 June (CANCELLED)
Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

July

Dates Type of Hands on Training
3 July (CANCELLED)
Rats (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
10 July (CANCELLED)
Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
17 July (CANCELLED)
RCUF (9am-12pm)
Rats (2-5pm)
24 July (CANCELLED)
Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

August

Dates Type of Hands on Training
7 August (TBC)
Rats (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
14 August Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
21 August RCUF (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
28 AugustAseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

September

Dates Type of Hands on Training
4 September Rats (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
11 September Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
18 September Pigs/Rabbits/Others (9am-12pm)
Rats (2-5pm)
25 SeptemberAseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

October

Dates Type of Hands on Training
2 October Rats (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
9 October Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
16 October RCUF (9am-12pm)
Rats (2-5pm)
23 October Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

November

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

Please do not hesitate to contact rcula@nus.edu.sg for enquiry.

We (training coordinators) can also be reach at the following contact numbers:

 

Sincerely,

Comparative Medicine (CM)

Training Team