On 8th and 9th June 2018, 18 postgraduate students from PAUSTI and JKUAT underwent the 3rd Animal handling training held at SAFARI. The first day started with opening remarks from Prof. Shinjiro Shiomi, JICA expert, and an introductory lecture on iCMoB and SAFARI by Prof. Naomi Maina, Chair of iCMoB. Prof. Naomi also accentuated the importance of animals in research.
The students were then taken through a number of in-depth theory lectures followed by practical sessions involving small laboratory animals such as mice, rats and rabbits. The practicals were conducted by Mr. Tom Adino, from the Institute of Primate research and Ms. Mary Kimathi, who was previously trained at Okayama University, assisted by Mr. Perminus Kimathi.
The theory lecture by Dr. John Kagira put an emphasis on the ethical use of laboratory animals in research. This session was supplemented with another lecture by Dr. Ngotho Maina on pain management and pre-operative care of the animals, as well as humane end points and proper disposal by Dr. Mutinda Kyama. The training ended with an assessment of the trainees using an online exam which all trainees passed.
This training is essential for the postgraduate students so as to ensure that they will conduct their research work at SAFARI in an ethical manner that is in accordance to the JKUAT Use and Care of animals Committee guidelines. This 5th cohort of PAUSTI students will be starting their research work in January 2019.