Basic Rodent Techniques

The Comparative Medicine Research Unit (CMRU) offers basic rodent techniques "Level III" training for investigators and laboratory personnel on a monthly basis with mice, as well as on an individualized basis. The training is intended to develop and/or hone techniques for new or established personnel at any level. The training is scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month at 1PM  in the MDR basement room 012 and lasts approximately 2hrs. 

Level III training consists of standard rodent techniques: appropriate animal handling and restraint, physical exam, blood collection (intravascular, vessel stick, terminal cardiac puncture), injection techniques (subcutaneous, intravascular, intraperitoneal, intramuscular), and euthanasia.

If interested in scheduling Level III training for rats, other species, or specialized techniques, arrangements can be made by contacting the .


In an effort to provide maximal benefit and application of rodent methodology techniques the number of participants is limited to eight people. Therefore participants are required to complete a Reservation Request Form.  Be advised, classes fill up very quickly so submit your request form as soon as possible. Individuals must complete occupational health and safety enrollment (1.) "Occ. Health..." CITI course and 2.) the health survey) before attending this course. 

The CMRU has currently halted all pre-scheduled training sessions. If you have a training request, they will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis.  Please email the to schedule training.