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Training Resources

The training tools and multimedia resources provided on this website are intended to assist investigators to learn proper technical procedure methodology. Additional training and experience will be necessary in order to become proficient in these techniques. If you are an NIH employee, and are unsure of where to obtain additional training, please contact OACU at or 301-496-5424 for assistance.

Aquatics Training Resources

Rabbit Training Resources

Rodent Breeding

Rodent Restraint Procedures

Rodent Blood Collection Procedures

Rodent Compound Administration Procedures

Rodent Genotyping & Identification Procedures

Rodent Survival Surgery

Rodent Euthanasia Procedures

NIH Hands-on Rodent Workshops

The “Mouse and Rat Workshops: Hands-on Animal Techniques” workshops are three hour sessions that provide investigators with an opportunity to receive training on routine handling and experimental techniques using live mice and rats. Instructors for these small group sessions are certified laboratory animal technologists, and therefore, provide a maximum opportunity for learning basic skills.

Skill Level – Novice: This course is meant to introduce scientists and technicians to rodent techniques, but is not intended to make them proficient in the techniques.

Prerequisite Training: Students must have prior experience hand restraining rodents before attending the Workshop. Proper animal handling and restraint is essential for proper performance of technical procedures. Please contact OACU or your IC’s research animal program office for further information.

Cost: There is no registration fee for this course.

Register for Mouse Workshop

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Due to limited workshop size, workshop registration will be closed two weeks prior to the course date. Afternoon workshops may be offered from 12:00pm – 2:30pm if the morning sessions are full.

Rat Workshops are offered only upon request. Click here to Request Rat Workshop

Restrictions: Participation is limited to NIH government employees. Contract employees are not routinely authorized for this training; however, they may be placed on a waiting list and contacted when open training slots are available.

Nonhuman Primate Training Resources

Herpes B Virus Safety Training Documents

NIH Policy Manual 3044-2 requires that all personnel working directly with nonhuman primates or that regularly enter nonhuman primate facilities undergo safety awareness training prior to unsupervised work. The documents provided on this page are part of the resources used by the trainers at NIH to conduct the course “Working Safely with Nonhuman Primates.” The trainers have been qualified to conduct this safety awareness training within the NIH Intramural Animal Program. Any questions regarding these resources should be directed to the Office of Animal Care and Use.

Training Package List

Training Package components:

Other Training Resources

  • Alternatives in Animal Research – NIH Library Training Course
  • Atlas of Laboratory Mouse Histology
  • E-Mouse Atlas Project
  • NHGRI Training in Basic Biomethodology for Laboratory Mice CD and the NHGRI Training in Basic Biomethodology for Laboratory Rats CD

    The National Human Genome Research Institute Office of Laboratory Animal Medicine has developed training CDs in Basic Biomethodology for Laboratory Mice and the Basic Biomethodology for Laboratory Rats. The CDs illustrate the most common practices used in the NIH intramural research program and were developed to promote proficiency in performing common techniques in the these two common rodent species. The CDs consist of training modules, table of contents, lists of definitions, and help and reference sections. To obtain copies of the CDs send your name, research institution affiliation, full mailing address and email address to: Requests are limited to only one of each CD.