Workshop on Colony Management: Principles and Practices

This course provides training in the theory and practice of maintaining mouse colonies for research. This program is designed for anyone requiring an understanding of issues relating to the management of animal research.  Participants completing this course will obtain a thorough understanding of colony management best practice that incorporates the latest developments and trends in the use of the laboratory mouse in research.

Topics include:

  • Mouse Genetics*
  • Gene and Strain Nomenclature*
  • Colony Set-up and Breeding Strategies
  • Importing Mice
  • Maintaining Severely Immune Compromised Mice
  • Genetic Quality Control
  • Genetic Background Effects on Phenotype
  • Web-Based Resources for Mouse Researchers 
  • Guidelines for Maintaining Mouse Health 
  • Eliminating Infectious Contaminants
  • Cryopreservation 
  • Using Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs)
  • Reproductive Biology of the Laboratory Mouse* 
  • Technologies & Repositories: PDX, CRISPR-Cas, COMP, T1D, & JAX Mice
  • Nutritional Aspects of Maintaining Animal Health and Phenotype
  • Basics of Cre-LOX*
  • Hands-On Biomethods (handling, restraint, gender determination, intraperitoneal injection, subcutaneous injection,)

This workshop can be used for continuing education units for AALAS recertification.

*This material will be available online via the course learning management system approximately one month prior to the start of the workshop.  Registered participants are encouraged to view this content in advance of the workshop.