Animal Care and Use Program

The University of Cincinnati Animal Care and Use Program is responsible for the regulatory and veterinary oversight of all research activities that involve animals within the institution

Training Upon Request

LAMS Facility Orientation & Species‐Specific Training

Target Audience: All personnel working with vertebrate animals

Research Office: Animal Care and Use Program

Laboratory Animal Medical Services (LAMS) requires all researchers to complete an in‐person facility orientation tour and species‐specific training prior to obtaining access to a LAMS facility.

For users working with mice and rats, this includes a hands‐on Rodent Skills Assessment (RSA) covering effective and appropriate techniques for removing from cage and handling, restraint, sex determination, medication administration (IP, SC), teeth trimming/malocclusion, humane operation of CO2 system for euthanasia, and physical euthanasia (including neonates).

For users working with USDA‐covered species, this includes a hands‐on training covering animal and cage card
identification, handling and restraint, physiological data, sexing and behavior, husbandry procedures, common health
problems, post‐operative observations, medication administration, and euthanasia.

Multiple dates/times are available for each facility and species. Course duration is approximately 3 hours.
To schedule, complete and email a Facility Access Form to LAMS (LAMS@ucmail.uc.edu).

Training Upon Request

LAMS Hazard Training (Chemical/Biological/Radiological)

Target Audience: All personnel working with hazardous materials in LAMS or with animals harboring hazardous material

Research Office: Animal Care and Use Program

Researchers must complete mandatory LAMS hazard training prior to working with hazardous agents in a LAMS hazard containment room or other approved LAMS rooms. Topics covered include communicating use of hazards to LAMS, labeling doors and cages correctly when agents are active/inactive, transportation of animals harboring hazardous agents within LAMS and to IACUC‐approved satellite facilities, agent disinfectants and hold times, safety features and contacts (e.g. door signs/PPE/spill kits), disposal of dirty caging, and necropsy procedures.

Multiple dates/times are available. Course duration is approximately 30 minutes.
To schedule, email LAMS (LAMS@ucmail.uc.edu) with your availability.

Training Upon Request

Assigned IACUC Training Modules

Target Audience: All personnel who will work with vertebrate animals

Research Office: Animal Care and Use Program

Individuals registering for IACUC Training will in most instances be assigned one to four online training modules to complete, that accompanies the “live” training. All the assigned modules must be completed before the IACUC Office would be permitted to add any individual to the protocol. It is preferable to complete all assigned modules before coming to the “live” training session. By doing so, this will usually expedite the amount of time it will take to actually be added to the animal use protocol, providing an Addition of Personnel form is also brought to the “live” training session.

IACUC Training Coordinator, IACUC Office, Office of Research Integrity

Training Upon Request

Common Surgical Procedures

Target Audience: All personnel performing animal survival surgery

Research Office: Animal Care and Use Program

In this optional hands‐on course, LAMS Veterinary Staff will explain and demonstrate various surgical procedures specific to your IACUC protocol. Procedures include but are not limited to:

  • Castration
  • Vasectomy
  • Ovariectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Nephrectomy
  • Renal capsule implant
  • Subcutaneous osmotic mini‐pump implants
  • Mammary fat pad injections
  • Renal ischemia/reperfusions

Multiple dates/times are available. Course duration is approximately 1‐2 hours.
To schedule, email LAMS (LAMS@ucmail.uc.edu) with your availability and requested techniques.

Training Upon Request

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Orientation/ Training

Target Audience: All personnel who will work with vertebrate animals

Research Office: Animal Care and Use Program

Both OLAW and the USDA require proper training of all personnel who will work with vertebrate animals. At the University of Cincinnati, all personnel must attend in person Orientation prior to working with animals and online retraining every 3 years thereafter. Orientation sessions are provided on a regular monthly basis. As research staff are added to protocols, their experience is reviewed, and they must attend appropriate training before working with animals.

Occurs twice monthly. IACUC Training Schedule:

All Medical Center Campus IACUC Orientations begin at 8:30 am
All Reading Campus IACUC Orientations begin at 1:00 pm

  • May 8, 2019 at East Campus Medical Center
  • May 22, 2019 at Reading Campus
  • May 31, 2019 at East Campus Medical Center
  • June 4, 2019 at East Campus Medical Center
  • June 25, 2019 at Reading Campus

Training Upon Request

Introduction to Common Rodent Procedures

Target Audience: All personnel working with rodents

Research Office: Animal Care and Use Program

In this optional hands‐on course, LAMS Veterinary Staff will explain and demonstrate commonly used rodent research procedures. Procedures may be performed with or without anesthesia, depending on trainee comfort
level unless otherwise noted.

Available procedures include:

  • Restraint: manual and mechanical
  • Identification methods: ear tag, ear notch
  • Nail trimming
  • Injection: SQ, IM, IP, IV, oral gavage
  • Rodent anesthesia machine instruction and anesthetic monitoring
  • Venipuncture: submandibular, saphenous, jugular, tail clip, tail lacerations and retro‐orbital injections/bleeding (under anesthesia)
  • Intracardiac injections and cardiocentesis

Multiple dates/times are available. Course duration is approximately 1‐2 hours.
To schedule, email LAMS (LAMS@ucmail.uc.edu) with your availability and requested techniques.

Training Upon Request

Introduction to Rodent Surgery and Aseptic Technique

Target Audience: All personnel performing rodent survival surgery

Research Office: Animal Care and Use Program

In this optional hands‐on course, LAMS Veterinary Staff will explain and demonstrate aseptic technique and
cover the following principles:

Pre-operative:
  • Cleaning and disinfection of the surgery room or dedicated rodent surgery area
  • Aseptic preparation of the surgical team and surgical site
  • Rodent anesthesia machine instruction
  • Anesthesia: administration, monitoring of anesthetic depth, and resolving complications
  • Administration of analgesia and application of ophthalmic ointment
  • Heat sources used to maintain homeostasis
  • Proper preparation of the incision site: shaving and draping of the animal
  • Instrument and material sterilization, including proper use of bead sterilizer
  • Suture selection
  • Placement of clips or staples (terminal and performed under anesthesia)
Post-operative:
  • Animal recovery and post‐operative monitoring
  • Removal of clips or staples (terminal and performed under anesthesia)
  • Record keeping requirements

Multiple dates/times are available. Course duration is approximately 1‐2 hours.
To schedule, email LAMS (LAMS@ucmail.uc.edu) with your availability.

Training Upon Request

Rodent Necropsy

Target Audience: All personnel working with rodents

Research Office: Animal Care and Use Program

In this optional hands‐on course, LAMS Veterinary Staff will explain and demonstrate various necropsy procedures, including but not limited to:

  • Tissue harvest
  • Gross cadaver examination
  • Perfusion (formalin/formaldehyde)

Multiple dates/times are available. Course duration is approximately 2 hours.
To schedule, email LAMS (LAMS@ucmail.uc.edu) with your availability.

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Mailing Address

LAMS (ML 0571)
University of Cincinnati
Medical Science Building, Suite R003
P.O. Box 670571
Cincinnati, OH 45267

Street Address

231 Albert Sabin Way
Medical Science Building, Suite R003
Cincinnati, OH 45267

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General Inquiries

Phone: 513-558-5171

E-mail: lams@ucmail.uc.edu


IACUC (ML 0572)
University of Cincinnati
University Hall, Suite 238
Cincinnati, OH 45221

University Hall, Suite 238
51 Goodman Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45221

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Phone: 513-558-5187

E-mail: iacuc@uc.edu