Husbandry and handling of the rodent

A three to five day (depending on the content required) intensive program designed to give participants the background knowledge and fundamental skills to conduct work with laboratory rodents. The course covers housing, husbandry and handling as well as some technical skills such as injection techniques and an introduction to surgical procedures. Animal welfare and safe work practices are also addressed during this course as is working within a variety of animal research facilities.


This short course will be run for three to five days, 9:30am-3pm each day. The course is delivered predominantly through practical hands on experience and is supported by short lectures and a course handbook.


  • Animal awareness, ethics and safety.
  • Facility types and practices.
  • Husbandry and housing of the rodent.
  • General handling and restraint.
  • Euthanasia.
  • Basic anatomy and sample collection.
  • Injection techniques.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the ethical considerations when using animals for research.
  • Describe various animal facility types and explain their uses.
  • Exhibit sound understanding of animal husbandry and  rodent handling techniques.
  • Show competence in various techniques for humane euthanasia or rodents.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic rodent anatomy and identify various abnormalities of rodents.
  • Demonstrate competency in a variety of injection techniques for laboratory rodents.
  • Show an understanding of various sample collection techniques.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for individuals or groups from private, government, educational, scientific, clinical, and commercial organisations. This course can be modified to suit the exact needs of participants.

No previous experience is required.


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