Training

IMPT NOTE:  RCULA Training for NUS staff will restart and will be prioritized as follows:

-        NUS users doing COVID research

-        NUS PhD students in their last year

-        NUS users in order of request

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.

RCULA training consists of both online and hands-on training components meeting the local AVS regulation and NACLAR guidelines.
Therefore personnel is required to complete those 2 training components to obtain the RCULA certification.

Training blended learning consists of both online module and hands-on (species-specific):
• Online modules
Covers regulations, policies and the responsibilities in using animals for scientific purposes.
• *Hands-on training (Mice, Rats, Aseptic Surgery, Pig, Rabbit, and Guinea Pig)
Covers techniques and contents that are specific to the species.

Training Pre-requisites
Pre-Requisites prior to RCULA hands-on session:
• Completion of RCULA 1A/1B module (online)*
• Completion of Species-specific modules (online)*
• Tetanus vaccination or valid titer within the last 10 years

*online modules are assigned after submission and acceptance of registration form link submission.


RCUF training consists of both online and hands-on training components meeting the local AVS regulation and NACLAR guidelines. 

Therefore personnel is required to complete those 2 training components to obtain the RCULA RCUF certification.

Training blended learning consists of both online module and hands-on (species-specific):
• Online modules
Covers regulations, policies and the responsibilities in using animals for scientific purposes.
• *Hands-on training (Zebrafish)
Covers techniques and contents that are specific to the species.

Pre-Requisites prior to RCUF hands-on session:
• Completion of RCULA 1C [RCUF] module (online)*
• Completion of Species-specific modules (online)*
• Tetanus vaccination or valid titer within the last 10 years

*online modules are assigned after submission and acceptance of registration form link submission

 
  

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 ensure to seek PI's approval before the submission of registration.

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.
Note: Dates and Time are all tentative and subject to changes

January

Dates Type of Hands on Training


  
   

February

Dates Type of Hands on Training
   
   
  
 

March

Dates Type of Hands on Training
   
   
   
   

April

Dates Type of Hands on Training

 

 

 

May

Dates Type of Hands on Training
7 May
Rodent Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
14 May
Rodent Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
21 May
Zebra fish (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

June

Dates Type of Hands on Training
11 June
Cancelled
18 June
Rodent Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
25 June
Zebrafish (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

July

Dates Type of Hands on Training
2 July
Large Animal Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
16 July
Rodent Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
23 July
Cancelled
30 July
Cancelled

August

Dates Type of Hands on Training
6 August
Cancelled
20 August
Cancelled
27 August
Cancelled

September

Dates Type of Hands on Training
3 September
Rodent Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (10am-1pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
10 September
Large Animal Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Rat (10am-1pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
17 September
Rodent Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Rabbit (10am-1pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
24 September
Rodent Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (10am-1pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
27 SeptemberMice (2-5pm)
28 SeptemberRabbit (9am-12pm)
29 SeptemberZebrafish (9am-12pm)
30 SeptemberMice (9am-12pm)

October

Dates Type of Hands on Training
1 October
Large Animal Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (10am-1pm)
Rat (2-5pm)
8 October
Large Animal Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (10am-1pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
15 October
Rodent Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (10am-1pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
22 October
Rodent Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (10am-1pm)
Rat (2-5pm)
29 October
Zebrafish (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

November

Dates Type of Hands on Training
5 November
Large Animal Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
12 November
Rodent Aseptic Surgery (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)
19 November
Rat (9am-12pm)
Mice (2-5pm)

 

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

The training coordinator can also be reached via the following:

Sincerely,

Comparative Medicine (CM)

Training Team