Small Animal Handling Training at SAFARI/JKUAT to Advance Technical Skills for Better Research

The Innovation Centre for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (iCMoB) held an inaugural short course training on Small Laboratory animals from 16th to 17th January 2020. The training was attended by postgraduate, undergraduate students and staff from various faculties pursuing degrees in the fields of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Microbiology, Public health, Zoology and Food Science.

The two days training focused on the handling, feeding, care, use, quality assurance, ethics and welfare of Laboratory animals. Laboratory animals and their environment was among the theoretical sessions presented by Dr. Maina Ngotho (MKU) which included the categories of lab animals, fundamental principles (3Rs), animal freedoms and their environment.

Dr. Maina Ngotho delivering some theoretical aspects on Laboratory animals and their environment.

Nutrition of Laboratory animals, diseases and pathology, Role of animal models in biomedical research, Humane end points, euthanasia and environmental biosafety were also presented to the trainees by Prof. Gikunju (JKUAT). Short talks on the administrative requirements and quality assurance during the compact of animal studies and Care, Use, Ethics and welfare of Laboratory animals were also presented to the trainees by Dr. Mbugua (JKUAT) and Dr. Kagira (JKUAT) respectively.

The trainees also gathered hands-on skills on handling, sexing, feeding, change of beddings, marking, drug delivery, humane killing, dissecting, harvesting of organs and disposal of the carcass. The laboratory sessions were facilitated by Mr. Tom Adino, Ms. Kimathi and Mr. Kimanthi.

Some trainees having a practical session with Mr. Tom Adino on dissection of mice and harvesting organs.

The trainees were subjected to a theory exam at the end of the course. The trainees expressed their satisfaction with the course, having gained the knowledge and the technical skills involved in handling the small laboratory animals while doing research. They were thankful to all the facilitators who made the training a success.

The Facilitators, Trainers and Trainees at the end of the training.

The next training will be offered before the year ends. All those interested should look out for the advertisement.

The trainees and facilitators after being awarded their certificates on completion of the training.

Currently there is a sale of veterinary certified laboratory animals for teaching and research at affordable prices at SAFARI.