We are committed to providing high-quality training resources to help research workers apply the 3Rs. With our support, Newcastle University has developed a comprehensive tutorial on best practice in aseptic surgical techniques in laboratory rodents.
Aseptic technique is the method used to eliminate all potential sources of contamination of the surgical field. Adopting high standards of asepsis reduces the risk of post-surgical wound infections developing, which is important for both animal welfare and scientific reasons.
The tutorial - consisting of a series of HD videos - is available on the Procedures with Care website. It deals with all aspects of preparing for and undertaking aseptic surgery, including preparation of the instruments, operating room environment, animal and surgeon.
A trainers pack, with the video files and supplementary material, can be downloaded for use in in-house training programmes.