Research Animal Care and Ethics training (RACE)

Research Animal Care and Ethics training (RACE)

The Research Animal Care and Ethics (RACE) training course is available via iLearn.

Who should complete the Training?

Everyone performing animal based research at Macquarie University or under a Macquarie University AEC protocol must have proof of attendance at an animal ethics course.  All Macquarie University employees and students must complete RACE training, no matter what their level of experience; and a certificate is issued after completing RACE training.  New researchers, students, graduates and post-graduates with minimal animal research experience must complete the training as soon as possible.  New researchers will not be added to Animal Research Authorities until the training is done. More experienced researchers will also be asked to complete RACE training or updates. 

Program objectives

The overall aim of this program is to provide personnel using animals for scientific purposes with the knowledge and practical skills to ensure:

  • compliance with the legislation
  • humane animal use
  • ethical animal use
  • minimisation of risks associated with the use of animals.

Presentation

The program consists of on-line learning and practical sessions. Participants may participate in or attend all/any of the modules. However, it should be noted that some modules are prerequisites for other modules.

Program outline and structure

MODULE 1:  Introduction to the use of animals in research

Description:

On-line course covering the legislative and institutional requirements governing the use of animals for research and teaching at the Macquarie University, and the principles and practice of animal care and welfare.

Prerequisite:

Working or studying in areas in which animals are used for research or teaching purposes.

Delivery type:

Online only via iLearn.

Availability:

Continuous

Assessment:

On-line quiz which must be completed before proceeding to other modules

Additional information:

This module is administered through the Animal Ethics Office.

MODULE 2:  Research animal care, handling, and basic research procedures

Description:

Practical and online course concentrating on rats and mice. The module covers basic anatomy and physiology, handling and restraint, administration of substances (injection and gavage), blood collection, euthanasia and post mortem techniques.

All participants have the opportunity to obtain "hands-on" experience with the demonstrated techniques.

Prerequisite:

Working or studying in areas in which animals are used for research or teaching purposes. Ideally Module 1 should have been completed prior to attending Module 2, however this is not mandatory.

Delivery Type:

Online via iLearn, plus a 4 hour practical session.

Additional information:

This module is administered and run through the Central Animal Facility.

MODULE 3:  Anaesthetic Techniques in Research Animals

Description:

Online learning combined with a practical session demonstrating the principles and techniques involved in rodent anaesthesia. Topics covered include gaseous and injectable anaesthesia; pre-anaesthetic assessment, monitoring and assessment of anaesthetic depth, and OHS issues associated with anaesthesia.

All participants will have the opportunity to obtain "hands-on" experience with the basic techniques.

Prerequisite:

Completion of Module 2 or equivalent experience.

Delivery Type:

Online via iLearn, plus a 4 hour practical session.

Additional information:

This module is administered and run through the Central Animal Facility.

MODULE 4:  Aseptic surgical techniques in research animals

Description:

Online and practical session for researchers who will be performing surgery on animals.  Areas covered include instrument identification and use, suture selection and use, aseptic technique (including preparation of the facilities, equipment, animal and surgeon), making incisions, handling tissues, haemostasis, and wound closure techniques.

Prerequisite:

  1. Completion of Module 3 or equivalent experience.
  2. Viewing of Introductory Videos. Prior to commencement of the practical session for Module 4, participants must have viewed the introductory videos on the "Principles of aseptic surgery", and "Laparotomy in the rat". Information about access to these videos is provided once you have enrolled in the module.

Delivery Type:

Online via iLearn, plus a practical session.

Additional information:

This module is administered and run through the Central Animal Facility.

MODULE 5:  Developing and using a monitoring checklist

Description:

Online and Seminar session on how to develop and use an effective tool for monitoring the health and well-being of research animals.

Prerequisite:

Working or planning to work with research animals.

Delivery Type:

Face to face seminar and online via iLearn.

Additional information::

This module is administered and run through Macquarie Animal Research Services (MARS).

Registration

To register for the RACE Training program, complete the registration form on the MARS WIKI and forward as directed on the form. Practical sessions are run on an ‘as needs’ basis. If you wish to attend any of these sessions, use the registration form to be waitlisted for the next available session and you will be contacted as soon as a session is scheduled. If you cannot attend a scheduled session you will remain on the waitlist for the next session.

  1. A Macquarie One ID number is required to access to the RACE course.
  2. In the event that you do not have a Macquarie One ID number, a number will need to be assigned for each new researcher to be given access to this course via iLearn.
  3. The Supervisor/Primary Investigator must email Macquarie University Informatics at onehelp@mq.edu.au in order to apply for a MQG or MQX One ID number for these new researchers.
  4. Register for Module 1 of the course (entirely online) via the Animal Welfare Officer: Please forward your One ID number, as well as your full name and email address to the AWO, Dr Justin Clarke at animal.ethics@mq.edu.au.
  5. Register for Practical Modules - "RACE Training" via Registration Form.
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