Animal Handling Training Module

There are several reasons why the use of animals is critical for biomedical research.
• Animals are biologically similar to humans. For example, mice share more than 97% DNA with us.
• Animals are susceptible to similar health maladies such as cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes, heart diseases etc.
• Short life spans, genetic similarity and epidemiological relevance to humans enables the laboratory animals to provide a thorough understanding to the researchers about the progression and pathophysiology of various diseases.

The purpose of this training program is to produce competent human resources who are prepared for employment in both industry and academia. This training course presents a distinctive chance for individuals to enhance their skills and receive fundamental training in the field of laboratory animal care, management, and experimentation. The curriculum will cover topics such as animal facility management, routine care and animal husbandry practices, experimental procedures and techniques, and quality control procedures. Those who complete this training program will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue careers in various areas such as biomedical research, animal facilities in public and private research institutes, pharmaceutical industries, and academia. Additionally, the participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable exposure to laboratory animals which are available at the state-of-the-art Laboratory Animal Facility, CoE-NPT, Sambalpur University.

Training Program Modules

Fundamentals of Laboratory Animal Care and Management

General overview of research animals of a variety of species, including their biology and behaviour, fundamental laboratory animal husbandry practices, the layout and functional units of animal facilities, general routine sanitation and hygiene practices, cleaning, washing, and sterilization of animal cages, racks, and bedding, etc.


Experimental Approaches in Laboratory Animals

Practical instruction in fundamental experimental techniques using laboratory animals, including animal handling and restraint, behavioural analysis, routes of administration, necropsy techniques, anesthesia and euthanasia in animals, and so on.


Animal behavioural techniques:

An overview of behavioural techniques used for evaluation of stress, anxiety, learning and memory etc.


Common Illness Pathophysiology and Prevention:

An overview of animal health issues, including the causes, symptoms, diagnostics, and treatments of the most common animal diseases


Maintaining Records:

Recording and maintaining reception, distribution, and shipment of animals, food and bedding, disposal records, etc.


Providing Animals with Nutrition:

The fundamental necessities of animal nutrition, the manufacturing and formulation of animal feed (only in theory), the warehousing and distribution of animal feed, and other related topics are discussed.


Animals Ethics:

Introduction to animal care and ethics, national and international rules and guidelines, animal experimental protocol creation and design, Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC) and its members, etc.

Evaluation of trainees and certification

Evaluation of the training will be done and certificate will be issued to the successful candidates for the course.