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The Veterinary Bioscience Institute (VBI) is an approved continuing education provider American Association of Veterinary State Boards. VBI's courses, webinars and workshops also meet the requirements for Continuing Education Units of ASR, CALAS and AALAS. VBI's training also meets the following standards: ISO9000, cGLP, the 2010 Guide and Council of Europe's Directive 86/609 (ETS 123).

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Principles of Rodent Surgery


This course is designed for scientists, veterinary technicians, veterinarians and technical support staff who wish to learn the basic principles of rodent macro- and micro-surgery. This course is extensive enough for a novice but also provides an excellent review for more experienced personnel. Information presented in the course will provide participants with the knowledge required by regulatory agencies and the skills necessary to perform basic rodent surgery. Instrument handling and all techniques from surgeon preparation to patient abdominal closure are represented through images and videos.

 This course was developed by Szczepan Baran, VMD, MS in collaboration with Vince Mendenhall, DVM, PhD, Marcel I. Perret-Gentil, DVM, MS, Troy M Hallman, VMD, MS, DACLAM, and James Kehler, VMD, PhD. The course was reviewed and edited by Cynthia Pekow, DVM, MS, DACLAM and Jonathan D. Schantz, MLAS. 

This course was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program at should you have any comments / concerns regarding this program's validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

This course also meets 

  • · Academy of Surgical Research (ASR)

 · American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS

 · Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS) 


Requirements for Continuing Education Units and provides:

 5 CE units for personnel certified through ASR 

5 CE units for personnel certified through AALAS

5 CE credits for veterinarians and veterinary technician  


 Registration is ongoing and the course is available on-demand.


Real-time sessions are not available for this course. Participants can interact with the faculty and other participants on message boards and through email.


   Discussions will begin on February 1st, 2009 and continue indefinitely.


Required Textbook: None

Recommended Textbooks:

Waynforth, H.B., Flecknell, P.A. Experimental and surgical technique in the rat. 2nd ed. Academic Press, London, United Kingdom (2001).

van Dongen, J.J., Remie, R., Rensema, J.W., van Wunnik, G.H.J. Manual of Microsurgery on the laboratory rat. Elsevier Science B.V. Amsterdam, Netherlands (2004).


Course Outcomes

During the course, the participant will:

  • Become familiar with rodent surgery regulations, guidelines, requirements, and definitions.
  • Understand aseptic technique.
  • Learn how to prepare the rodent and surgical site for the surgical procedure.
  • Learn how to prepare personnel for the surgical procedure.
  • Understand rodent surgical area requirements.
  • Learn both the surgical instruments used in rodent surgery and proper instrument handling techniques.
  • Learn the basic parts and uses of a stereomicroscope.
  • Learn proper sterilization methods and instrument preparation.
  • Learn basic tissue handling techniques.
  • Learn basic suture material and needle techniques.
  • Learn basic knot tying and suture patterns.

Course Modules

1:  Laws, regulations, and guidelines

2. Surgical facility design and preparation

3. Surgical equipment

4. Steromicroscope basics

5. Principles of surgery and aseptic technique

6. Tissue healing basics

7. Proper tissue handling and dissection

8. Surgical patient preparation

9. Surgical patient monitoring

10. Surgical personnel preparation

11. Proper macro-and micro-surgical instrument selection

12. Proper macro- and micro-surgical instrument handling

13. Principles of instrument sterilization

14. Needle and suture material basics

15. Basic suture patterns and knots

16. Definitions




Cost: $400
Non-profit Organization Cost: $350
Institutional Cost: $400
Non-profit Institutional Cost: $350

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Accreditation & Affiliations

The Veterinary Bioscience Institute (VBI)  is an approved continuing education provider by


continuing education provider   continuing education provider
VBI’s training meets the following standards:



VBI’s courses and workshops also meet the requirements for
Continuing Education Units of 

CE     CE