Mandatory Training Components for Research Animal Surgery

All research personnel must receive training, demonstrate proficiency, and be certified by the Attending Veterinarian (AV) before performing surgery unsupervised. Training components may include:

  1. View species-specific training DVD;
  2. Observe and assist AV or experienced, qualified personnel perform surgery;
  3. Perform surgery, including pre-operative procedure, under direct supervision of AV until competent;
  4. Demonstrate thorough post-operative observational skills to the AV (not applicable for non-survival surgery certification).

The Proficiency Criteria for Research Animal Surgery form contains proficiency criteria.

Regulatory References:

USDA AWA Regulations (9 CFR 2.32)
PHS Policy (IV.C.1.f.)