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DACT-Provided Training


DACT can provide the IACUC-required Level 3 training upon request and free of charge. This training can cover basic procedures including handling, delivery methods, sampling methods, anesthesia, aseptic technique, and euthanasia on mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, frogs, chickens, and other species.  In addition to being an IACUC requirement, appropriate training in these methods helps to ensure that animals are handled and treated humanely and that research results are consistent.  

Jacki Kilbourne coordinates training sessions.  Please contact her at to schedule a session.  Records of all DACT-provided trainings will be sent to the IACUC to provide documentation of Level 3 compliance.  Some training sessions are intended to enhance skills required for working in a particular area or with particular animals, and, therefore, some training sessions are by invitation only and may require multiple sessions.  



We have an organized training program for DACT staff that is intended to increase the staff's technical skills, ability to provide service to investigators, and engagement with the research efforts.  As above, this training may cover basic procedures including handling, blood sampling methods, anesthesia, aseptic technique, and euthanasia on mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, frogs, chickens, and other species.  

Classes are typically offered every other Friday from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.  Class participation is typically limited to the first five people to sign up.  Personnel must have permission from their supervisor to attend the classes.

DACT personnel progress through a series of skill levels for each technique.

  1. Trainee - individuals are trained using dedicated training animals until they are deemed proficient at the given technique as determined by a highly experienced individual.
  2. Apprentice - Once deemed proficient at a technique, the individual may assist a highly experienced individual in providing technical services to an investigator. 
  3. Independent - Once acquiring sufficient experience as an apprentice to have mastered the technique, the person is then deemed an independent provider of that technical skill and can provide research support unassisted. 
  4. Trainer - A person does not become approved to train others until he or she has both mastered the technical skill and demonstrated instructional talents.  Prior to becoming a Trainer, a person identified as Independent may gain training experience by assisting another Trainer. 

Advancement through the skill levels is based on ability, not the number of times that an individual has received training or the duration that someone has been at a particular level.  This approach assures investigators get quality service regardless of who is providing the support and, equally important, it avoids putting DACT personnel in a stressful situation of being responsible for providing research support prior to being fully confident in their abilities. 

Jacki Kilbourne coordinates the training sessions.  Please contact her at for additional information.  To register for a session, click the desired session topic in the schedule listed below.



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