NC3Rs webinar: Refining rodent stereotactic surgeries

  • NC3Rs
Friday 09 April 2021 14:00 to 15:00

The webinar recording is now available to watch online.

Rodent stereotactic surgery is widely used in neuroscience and related fields. Whilst every application has some unique components, the basics of good stereotactic surgery apply universally. Applying this best practice is important not only for animal welfare but also for good experimental outcomes by reducing animal loss and variance in the data due to, for example, infection or lingering discomfort.

In this free webinar, Amanda Novak, Named Veterinary Surgeon at the University of Edinburgh, will cover current advice on good surgical technique and refinements to incorporate into rodent stereotactic surgery procedures for more favourable outcomes.

Topics will include:

  • Good aseptic technique
  • Anaesthetic regimens
  • Use of analgesics
  • Post-operative monitoring

The principal audience for this webinar is researchers who perform rodent stereotactic surgery, but it would also be of interest to veterinarians and animal care staff who are involved in the post-operative care of rodents. Many of the suggestions will also be applicable to other forms of rodent surgery. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the webinar presentation.

Speaker's biography

Amanda Novak is a Named Veterinary Surgeon at the University of Edinburgh, where she has worked with a variety of species and scientific models over the last seven years. Her recent work has focused on the refinement of rodent neuroscience studies.

Amanda is a resident in the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ECLAM) and sits on the council of the Laboratory Animal Veterinary Association (LAVA). She is a regular guest lecturer for the Animal Welfare in Research, Testing and Education course, part of the Edinburgh’s International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law Master’s programme.

Further resources

For further information on aseptic technique in rodent surgery, visit Procedures with Care, a comprehensive collection of videos covering this topic as well as the administration of substances, developed by Newcastle University with support from the Institute of Animal Technology and the NC3Rs.

You can also learn more about anesthesia and related topics with the Research Animal Training eLearning resources, developed by Newcastle University with support from the NC3Rs.