Aseptic Techniques with Rodent Survival Surgery
While most studies using rodents involve simple handling and restraint, more involved projects may require specialized skills. Survival surgery, when performed aseptically, enhances the success of surgical procedures, increases survival of animals, and reduces research variables associated with stress and bacterial contamination.
These workshops are designed to instruct Texas A&M University personnel about basic aseptic techniques. Personnel performing or assisting with rodent survival surgery can benefit from such instruction. Investigators overseeing projects involving rodent surgery should ensure that the procedures are carried out by personnel that are trained in aseptic technique as well as the surgical procedure being performed. Participants in this workshop will be instructed on:
- Current rules and regulations associated with rodent survival surgery
- Aseptic preparation of the surgery area equipment, patient, and surgeon
- Maintenance of an aseptic surgical environment
- Pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care of rodents