The Jackson Laboratory offers several hands-on workshops for those wishing to obtain training in surgical techniques for the laboratory mouse.
- Workshop on Surgical Techniques in the Laboratory Mouse: This four-day intensive workshop is for those wishing to obtain practical hands-on training in mouse surgical techniques. In addition to surgical procedures, topics covered include mouse biomethods, anatomy, aseptic technique, suturing and microscope use. Surgical techniques covered include castration, vasectomy, ovariectomy, ovarian transplantation, adrenalectomy, splenectomy, thymectomy, nephrectomy and jugular vein catheterization. Participants completing this course will obtain valuable skills in multiple high-demand mouse surgical techniques.
- Workshop on Advanced Surgical Techniques in the Laboratory Mouse: This four-day intensive hands-on workshop is for those wishing to obtain advanced training in surgical techniques for the laboratory mouse. In addition to biomethods and rodent survival surgery guidelines, a wide range of surgical procedures are taught including xenografts (intra-femoral, intra-splenic, kidney, lung, mammary, prostate and subcutaneous xenograft via trocar), mammary fat pad clearing, carotid artery catheterization, vascular access button jugular vein catheterization, 5/6 nephrectomy, unilateral ureteral ligation, intubation and ventilation.
- Workshop on Stereotaxic Surgery in the Laboratory Mouse: This is a NEW one-of-a-kind workshop on mouse stereotaxic surgery. Participants attending this course will learn how to: use different types of stereotaxic devices, read a Vernier scale, read a brain atlas and define bregma. Hands-on laboratory sessions with your own stereotaxic equipment include animal positioning on the stereotaxic device, intracranial drilling, intracranial injections, CSF collection, brain cannulation into the lateral ventricle as well as bi-lateral brain cannulation and more. For additional information and to register, click here.
Participants should have basic surgery knowledge and the ability to work under a dissecting microscope.
These workshops may be used for continuing education units for AALAS re-certification.