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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.

Training on advanced techniques is available upon request. Please email          

For rodents, module 1 covers basic animal handling and restraint and methods of euthanasia; module 2 covers common injection and blood collection techniques; and module 3 covers principles of analgesia and anesthesia and aseptic technique. (When registering for a workshop, please be aware that module 1 is a prerequisite for module 2 and module 2 is a prerequisite for module 3.)


                           Mouse module 1      Mouse module 2

                           Rat module 1          Rat module 2

                           Rodents module 3     

                           Aquatics                 NHP                       

Please download the workshop handout and review before attending the course:

                                  Mouse module 1        Mouse module 2        

                                  Rat module 1       Rat module 2       

                                  Rodents module 3

                           Gas anesthesia checklist     

                           Injectable anesthesia checklist

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.


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