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The MNI CNDM offers biomethodology workshops designed to comply with all current recommendations of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) regarding practical training of biomedical research personnel on proper animal care and use.

Please note that all individuals who work with animals must be appropriately trained prior to being granted access to the CNDM.  

The practical training has been subdivided into modules

Module 1 -  Introduction to the Laboratory Mouse/Rat

All individuals working with laboratory rodents must complete this module.


Species overview.

  • Handling and Restraint 
  • Identification
  • Sexing
  • Tissue sampling for genotyping 
  • Euthanasia: isoflurane anesthesia followed by CO2, CO2 euthanasia.

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      Course Handouts     

          Mouse Module 1 Handout

          Rat Module 1 Handout

Module 2 - Substance administration (Mouse/Rat)

     ** Module 1 is a prerequisite**


Subcutaneous injection 

  • Intraperitoneal injection
  • Intramuscular injection (rat only)

      NOTE: training for blood collection methods available as specialized workshops

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     Course Handout

           Mouse Module 2 Handout

          Rat Module 2 Handout

Module 3 - Anesthesia and Analgesia (Mouse/Rat)

      ** Module 1 and 2 are prerequisites**


  • Pain recognition and assessment
  • Analgesia
  • Injectable anesthesia
  • Gas anesthesia
  • Monitoring during anesthesia
  • Recovery

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     Course Handout 

         Rodent Module 3 Handout

Module 4 - Rodent Surgery and Aseptic Technique (Mouse/Rat)

        **Module 1, 2 and 3 are prerequisites**

     This module is exclusively for participants who will be performing recovery surgeries on rodents; it is composed of 3-4 training sessions.


  • Basic principles of rodent surgery
  • Aseptic technique
  • Wound closure
  • Pre-operative considerations
  • Intra-operative considerations
  • Post-operative care

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Module 6 - Intravenous Injection Mouse/Rat

      **Module 1 is a prerequisite**

 This module is targeted to participants who will be performing intravenous injection in mice/rats as part of their research project

      For intravenous injection training contact us

         Mouse Intravenous Injection Handout

Other species or advanced techniques 

To register for specialized workshop, including training for other species or advanced techniques please contact us.   

Information for Participants:

Cancellation must be made 48 hours prior to the workshop, otherwise the fee will still be charged. Late arrivals will not be admitted. A workshop may be cancelled if there is insufficient enrollment.

In preparation for the workshop, read your Animal Use Protocol and be familiar with the procedures listed in it. Read the workshop handout prior to the course; there will be a quiz at the end of the workshop! Bring a clean lab coat and a picture identification card.

General Information: MNI/McGill members will be given priority. If the instructor determines that you are not able to perform a technique by the end of the workshop, you must retake the workshop at a later date. You will be required to pass a short test at the end of the workshop. If you score less than 80% on the test but the instructor determines that you are able to perform the technique, a second test must be scheduled within 4 weeks.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us



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