Workshops

*Please note:  times are approximate and will be confirmed with the final program.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Participants of workshop 101 and 102, 200, 202, 203 and 204 will be required to wear a face mask.  It is important that the mask completely cover any facial hair.  Faces should be clean shaven, or facial hair should be covered by a mask.   Please contact us at  office@calas-acsal.org if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

 

100 - Collecte et transfert d’embryons

***SOLD OUT*** 

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

$200

 

Récolte d’embryons, manipulation et implantation d’embryons dans une femelle pseudo gestante.

 

Résultats escomptés pour le participant :

1. Reconnaissance des structures du système reproducteur interne

2. Capacité de manipuler des embryons

3. Capacité d’implanter les embryons

 

Workshop 100 - Sponsored by Fine Science Tools (USA) Inc.

 

101 - Husbandry, Handling and Restraint of the Mouse, Rat and Rabbit

7:30 AM - 12:20 PM

$50

 

This workshop is for individuals who would like to obtain hands-on experience and knowledge in the husbandry, handling, and restraint of the common laboratory animal species. Live mice, rats, and rabbits will be used to demonstrate proper handling, sexing, and basic examination of each species. This workshop is highly recommended for ARLAT(3) or RLAT candidates.

 

102 - Stereotactic Surgery in the Rat

***SOLD OUT*** 

7:30 AM - 12:20 PM

$150

 

This workshop will provide participants with training in the use of stereotactic surgical techniques for brain manipulation in the rat. In addition to learning about different types of stereotactic devices, this workshop will also cover how to use a brain atlas, animal positioning, how to define bregma, intracranial drilling, intracranial injections and brain cannulation.  Participants should have knowledge of aseptic surgical technique prior to taking this workshop.

 

Learner Outcomes:

1. Use of stereotactic surgery equipment

2. Identification of specific areas in the brain determine stereotactic coordinates for surgery

3. Perform brain cannulation and intracerebral injections

 

103 - Intraveineuse chez la souris

***SOLD OUT*** 

8:00AM - 12:00PM

$150

 

L’injection dans la veine caudale est de plus en plus utilisée dans les études. Lors de cet atelier pratique, les participants acquerront les compétences techniques leur permettant d’administrer de façon adéquate un produit chez la souris

 

104 - Health Monitoring Sampling Best Practices for Rodents and Zebrafish

9:00AM - 12:00PM

$125

 

A comprehensive and effective health monitoring program is essential to maintaining a clean and secure facility.  Health monitoring programs include measures to prevent contamination and effectively detect pathogens.  This workshop will focus on best practices for sampling animals and the environment, and how to use leading-edge tools to monitor the health of rodent and zebrafish colonies.  Topics include sampling for serology, bacteriology, PCR and exhaust air dust and rodent and zebrafish specific panels.

 

105 - Backstage at the Quebec Aquarium

8:30AM - 12:20PM

$75

 

Go backstage at Aquarium du Québec! A unique experience enabling you to explore the sectors reserved for staff. Animal health, our residents’ diet, and the life support systems (fresh water, salt water, and sea water) will reveal all their secrets. To cap off your experience in style, meet the animal keepers and the marine mammals. They’re sure to impress you!

 

200 - An Introduction to Anesthesia, Blood Sampling, and Injections in Rodents

***SOLD OUT*** 

12:30PM - 4:30PM

$50

 

Participants will observe demonstrations and perform hand-on learning for a variety of common laboratory animal techniques used in rodents.  Techniques include anesthesia (injectable, inhalant), blood sampling (saphenous vein, tail vein, cardiac puncture) and injections (subcutaneous, intraperitoneal, intravenous). This workshop is highly recommended for technicians who are proficient in the handling of rats and mice and are seeking to expand their technical skills.

 

201 - Walking Tour of Old Québec

1:00PM - 4:00PM

$50

 

The best way to discover Québec City is by foot! Accompanied by an accredited historical tour guide, discover the milestones that defined the oldest permanent settlement in North America. The tour includes a drink in a cool local place! Limited places, maximum 20 people. Wear good walking shoes!

 

202 - Stereotactic Surgery in the Rat

***SOLD OUT*** 

12:30 PM - 5:30 PM

$150

 

This workshop will provide participants with training in the use of stereotactic surgical techniques for brain manipulation in the rat. In addition to learning about different types of stereotactic devices, this workshop will also cover how to use a brain atlas, animal positioning, how to define bregma, intracranial drilling, intracranial injections and brain cannulation.  Participants should have knowledge of aseptic surgical technique prior to taking this workshop.

 

Learner Outcomes:

1. Use of stereotactic surgery equipment

2. Identification of specific areas in the brain determine stereotactic coordinates for surgery

3. Perform brain cannulation and intracerebral injections

 

203 - Tickling: A Playful Handling Technique for Rats

12:30PM - 4:30PM

$150

 

Handling of laboratory rats, for both husbandry and experimental procedures, can be a source of stress for the animals.  Aversive handling of animals can lead to a fearful relationship with humans and increase the risk of injury to both the handler and the animal.  Recent studies have shown that “tickling”, a handling technique which mimics rat rough-and-tumble play behaviour, is effective at reducing fear of humans, is perceived by rats as positive interaction, improves the human-rat relationship and improves rat welfare.  In order to effectively mimic the behavioural components of rat rough-and-tumble play, the handler must learn how to properly handle and interact with the rat. The goal of this workshop is to provide a detailed description of the “tickling” technique through live demonstration, and provide attendees with the opportunity to practice and develop their skills associated with rat handling.

 

204 - Rat Echocardiography

12:30PM - 16:30PM

$150

 

This workshop will introduce participants to the use of echocardiography in the rat.  A presentation will be given on the basic functions of the electrocardiogram machine followed by hands-on learning in small groups. 

 

Learner outcomes:

1. Working knowledge of echocardiography scanning techniques including probe manipulation and visualization of the structures of a rat's heart

2. Basic operation of echocardiograph instrumentation

 

205 - The Common Marmoset (Callithrix Jacchus)

1:00PM - 4:00PM

$125

 

The use of the common marmoset as a research model is gaining popularity due to its small size, relatively rapid reproduction rate and ease of handling.  This workshop will introduce participants to various aspects of marmoset welfare and care in the research setting.  Topics will include feeding, housing, animal behavior and select diseases.  Additional topics include an overview of the use of marmosets in research including imaging methods and surgical techniques.

 

Learner Outcomes:

1. Develop an understanding of basic biology of marmosets

2. Design a husbandry and care program for marmosets in a research setting

3. To recognize common diseases in marmosets

 

206 - Nécropsie intégrale de la souris

***SOLD OUT*** 

1:00PM - 4:00PM

$150

 

Notions de base de l’anatomie « normale » de la souris. Une nécropsie intégrale et normalisée sera pratiquée. Les participants verront les méthodes de prélèvement de différents tissus.

 

 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Participants of workshop 302, 304 and 400 will be required to wear a face mask.  It is important that the mask completely cover any facial hair.  Faces should be clean shaven, or facial hair should be covered by a mask.   Please contact us at  office@calas-acsal.org if you have any questions or concerns.

 

300 - Preparing for the RMLAT Examination

9:00AM - 12:00PM

$50

 

This session will provide an opportunity for members to have a detailed review of the Masters Certification history and process.  Led in an open forum format, this workshop provides the opportunity to ask questions and be provided with helpful tips towards successfully achieving Master’s Certification.  Attendees will also participate in mock exam questions typical of the certification process.  This is a low stress introduction into what is typically viewed as a rigorous and highly coveted certification level.  Candidates who successfully complete the RMLAT program are typically in or moving towards managerial roles.

 

 

301 - Backstage at the Quebec Aquarium

8:30AM - 12:20PM

$75

 

Go backstage at Aquarium du Québec! A unique experience enabling you to explore the sectors reserved for staff. Animal health, our residents’ diet, and the life support systems (fresh water, salt water, and sea water) will reveal all their secrets. To cap off your experience in style, meet the animal keepers and the marine mammals. They’re sure to impress you!

 

 

302 - Automated Behavioural Phenotyping Using the IntelliCage and Introduction to Echocardiography

***SOLD OUT*** 

8:00AM - 12:00PM

$150

 

This workshop will introduce participants to performing behavioural phenotyping in rodents using an automated behavioral phenotyping device (IntelliCage).  This device allows for automated cognitive and behavioral screening of mice while maintaining normal social behavior and animal welfare.  An introduction to performing echocardiography in mice will also be provided. 

 

Learner outcomes:

1. Automated behavioural phenotyping using the IntelliCage system

2. Basic principles of Intellicage programming

3. Basic principles of rodent ultrasound including visualizing and measuring anatomical structures of the heart

 

303 - Basic Techniques for Surgical Suturing

9:00AM - 12:00PM

$125

 

Would you like to learn and master new surgical suturing skills?  In this workshop, participants will learn and apply basic techniques for surgical suturing.  Learn how to prepare a scalpel, put on sterile gloves, and suture with the help of an instructor.  This workshop will promote understanding of the wound healing process and hands-on suturing. It will also cover various types of suture materials and indications for their use. Participants will gain hands-on practice of basic suturing techniques.

 

Learner Outcomes:

1. Types of suture materials and indications for their use.

2. Hands-on practice of basic surgical suturing techniques.

 

304 - Anesthesia of the Domestic Pig

8:30AM - 12:20PM

$200

 

This workshop will train participants to perform anesthesia in the domestic pig in a research setting.  Topics will include basic pig anatomy, handling and restraint and drugs for premedication, induction and maintenance of anesthesia.  Participants will also be shown techniques for intubation, intramuscular and intravenous injections, ear vein catheterization, and tips for performing post-surgical monitoring and care.  

 

Learner Outcomes:

1. Anesthesia techniques in research pigs

2. Performing injections and catheterization

3. Pre and post-surgical monitoring and care

 

 

305 - The Animal Care Committee (ACC) 101: Keystone of the Institutional Program 

9:00AM - 12:00PM

$125

 

This half-day interactive session will focus on elements that are essential for all animal ethics and care programs, including:

  • Which parts of protocol review are the most challenging?
  • Which other ACC responsibilities are important?
  • How do you conduct a thorough protocol review?

 

The session will begin with a brief introduction to the essential role of the senior administrator. Critical aspects of protocol review will then be discussed, with topics such as numbers of animals requested, invasive procedures and endpoints, monitoring sheets and observation schedules, and fate of animals. The role of the animal care committee (ACC) in post approval monitoring will also be discussed.

 

Time will also be devoted to discussing the CCAC policy: Pedagogical merit of live animal-based teaching and training and the new CCAC guidelines: Husbandry of animals in science.

 

Finally, completed and “approved” mock protocols will be reviewed and critiqued to bring this session to a close.  This session will be of interest mostly to new ACC members, including community representatives, and ACC chairs, and other members who might need a bit of a refresher. The interactive design will encourage questions and sharing of good animal practices.

 

306 - Feeling Caged In? Expanding the Boundaries of Movement and Ergonomics in a Vivarium Environment

9:00AM - 12:00PM

$125

 

This workshop will provide both front line animal care workers and management with an understanding of ergonomics and the impact it has on a vivarium work environment.  Basic principles of ergonomics will be discussed and applied to workflow processes with a goal to maximize safety and reduce risk of repetitive strain injuries. Hands-on applied training and education related to the laboratory animal workforce will be included.

 

Learner Outcomes:

1. Increased knowledge of basic ergonomic principles.

2. Application of ergonomic principles related to designing a vivarium environment, managing workflow and staffing, and purchasing equipment.

3. Application of ergonomic principles to work tasks within the vivarium to maximize safety and to reduce the risk of repetitive strain injury.

 

 

400 - Perfusion Workshop

***SOLD OUT*** 

12:30PM - 4:30PM

$150

 

This workshop will provide an introduction to performing transcardial perfusion in rodents.  Transcardial perfusion is accepted as the gold standard for tissue fixation to preserve tissue in a natural state with minimal artifact.  Participants will learn about different techniques to perform transcardial perfusion in rodents and the benefits and limitations associated with them.

 

Learner Outcomes:

1. Benefits and limitations associated with transcardial perfusion

2. Perform different techniques to perfuse rats and mice

 

 

401 - Common Handling Techniques in Farmed Fish

***SOLD OUT*** 

12:30PM - 4:30PM

$150

 

This workshop will provide a demonstration and allow hands-on learning for performing routine manipulations on farmed fish (rainbow trout).  Fish will be anesthetized, weighed, measured and tagged and a blood sample will be taken. Euthanasia methods will be presented and a necropsy will be performed visualize anatomy and internal structures.

 

Learner Outcomes:

1. Anesthesia of fish

2. Maintaining vital signs in manipulation

3. Identification of internal structures (liver, kidney, spleen, heart) through necropsy

 

 

402 - CPA 101 — Le comité de protection des animaux, élément clé d’un programme

***French Only, English version is available Sunday morning*** 

1:00PM - 4:00PM

$125

 

Cette séance interactive d’une demi-journée portera sur les éléments essentiels d’un programme d’éthique animale et de soins aux animaux, notamment :

 

·         les aspects difficiles de la révision d’un protocole

·         les responsabilités importantes du comité de protection des animaux

·         les étapes d’une révision approfondie d’un protocole

 

Après une brève introduction sur le rôle essentiel des cadres responsables, il sera question des principaux aspects de la révision des protocoles. Divers sujets seront traités comme le nombre d’animaux requis, les procédures invasives et les points limites, les listes de vérification et les horaires d’observation ainsi que le sort des animaux. Le rôle du comité de protection des animaux en matière de suivi post-approbation sera également examiné.

 

Dans le cadre de cette séance, les Lignes directrices du CCPA : les soins et la gestion des animaux en science et la Politique du CCPA sur : l’examen du mérite scientifique et éthique de la recherche faisant appel à l’utilisation d’animaux seront également présentées.

Pour terminer, des protocoles fictifs, présentés comme complets et approuvés, seront analysés et commentés afin d’illustrer le processus de révision approfondie.

 

L’atelier présente un intérêt certain aux nouveaux membres, aux représentants du public et aux présidents des CPA. Il s’adresse également aux membres qui souhaitent revoir certaines notions ou actualiser leurs connaissances. Le format interactif de cette séance sur les bonnes pratiques animales vise à mettre en commun des idées et à poser des questions.

 

 

 


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