Skip to main content

Hands-On and Facility Access Training

Hands-on training in animal handling techniques is provided by animal facility managers, veterinary staff, and professional animal care staff.

These training sessions provide an introduction to facilities, as well as an overview of the laboratory rodent and other laboratory animals, in both a lecture and hands-on format.  Basic handling, restraint, and other techniques will be demonstrated.  Class participants have the opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills under the supervision of experienced trainers.

Session I training must be completed prior to being granted unsupervised access to an animal facility.

Other sessions may be required based on what species you will work with and what procedures your supervisor will have you perform.


Pre-requisites for Session I and all other hands-on training courses include:

  • Completion of Animal Handler Occupational Health Program requirements.
  • Completion of required CITI training.
  • Completion of Lab Safety (OLFS) training courses indicated on the Safety Training form completed by your supervisor.
  • Training video pre-requisites can be accessed via SAP SuccessFactors or by contacting the Office of Research Compliance

Course sign-up closes 3 business days prior to the planned course to allow the Office of Research Compliance time to ensure that sufficient trainers will be available.

To sign up for any training, please the IACUC Coordinator in the Office of Research Compliance at 989-774-7313. 

Course schedule

All training sessions are provided in the Health Professions Building Vivarium unless indicated otherwise in the course schedule. Click on each session title to find a course description and video link(s). 

All prerequisites for each session (see individual course descriptions for details) MUST be completed prior to attending any session. You will not be able to attend a session if these prerequisites are not complete (Ex: watching the required video) and will have to reschedule.

Session one: Facility Access

Biosciences Building:

  • Contact Michael O'Neill for future training sessions. As a reminder, please do not contact either of these individuals until ALL required prerequisites are complete. You will not be able to attend any Bioscience training until this process is complete. 

Rowe Building:

Session two: Hands-On Training
Mouse overview (all facilities)

Can be completed with an Animal Facility Manager or PI.

Session Three: Hands-On Training
Rat Overall (all facilities)

Can be completed with an Animal Facility Manager or PI.

Sessions four - ten

Can be completed with an Animal Facility Manager or PI.

To request any of the following training sessions (or training on a topic not listed here) please contact  the IACUC Coordinator in the Office of Research Compliance.

Updated  5/6/2022