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The Laboratory Animal Care Unit regularly provides training that includes facility orientations and didactic information and hands-on practice in rodent handling, basic rodent procedures and aseptic surgical technique.

Facilities Orientation

LACU facility orientations and tours are completed on an as needed basis. New research personnel should contact Leadra Williford at (901) 448-1429 or for instructions on completing the LACU Orientation and facility tour. Once the orientation and tour have been completed access to the facility will be requested with Campus Police.

Rodent Hands-On Training

Training classes in rodent handling and basic techniques are offered on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am and the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 9:30 am.  All training sessions are held in the Coleman animal facility, Room B103. The calendar for this course for the remainder of the fiscal year is:

1st Tuesday of the Month at 10:00 am 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 9:30 am

August 1

August 16
September 5 September 20
October 3 October 18
November 7 November 15
December 5 December 20
January 2 January 17
February 6 February 21
March 5 March 20
June 2 June 17

Aseptic Technique Training

Training classes in aseptic surgical technique are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am. This course consists of a lecture followed by a hands-on lab and takes approximately 2 hours to complete. All training sessions meet in the Coleman animal facility, room B106. The calendar for this course for the remainder of the fiscal year is

2nd Tuesday of the Month at 10:00 am
August 9
September 6
October 11
November 8
December 13
January 10
February 14
March 13
April 10
May 8
June 12

To attend a Rodent Hands-On Training session or an Aseptic Technique session, please submit a registration form. Please note that enrollment in the UTHSC Occupational Health program is required before attending a hands-on training session.

Research Protocol Specific Training

The LACU veterinary team is also available for more specific or tailored training, especially with regards to our Policies and Standard Operating Procedures. Please contact one of the veterinarians or veterinary technicians if you would like training or further information related to these SOPs.

Jul 18, 2023